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


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.


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

Origin of gamine

1895–1900; < French; feminine of gamin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for gamine

/ (ˈɡæmiːn, French ɡamin) /


  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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