gamine

[ gam-een, -in, ga-meen ]
/ ˈgæm in, -ɪn, gæˈmin /

noun

a neglected girl who is left to run about the streets.
a diminutive or very slender girl, especially one who is pert, impudent, or playfully mischievous.

adjective

of or like a gamine: a gamine personality; clothes for the gamine figure.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. gamic,
  2. gamification,
  3. gamify,
  4. gamilaraay,
  5. gamin,
  6. gaminess,
  7. gaming,
  8. gaming platform,
  9. gaming table,
  10. gamma

Origin of gamine

1895–1900; < French; feminine of gamin

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British Dictionary definitions for gamine

gamine

/ (ˈɡæmiːn, French ɡamin) /

noun

  1. a slim and boyish girl or young woman; an elfish tomboy
  2. (as modifier)a gamine style of haircut

Word Origin for gamine

from French

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Word Origin and History for gamine

gamine

n.

"small, slim, pert young girl," 1899, from French gamine, fem. of gamin.

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