[gam-een, -in, ga-meen]
- 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
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Examples from the Web for gamine
She pointed to Maksymenko, whose delicate, gamine features make her seem especially frail.Ukrainian Women Kidnapped by Russians in Crimea Tell Their Tale
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They are both posh, pretty, gamine English girls blessed with serious eyebrows and a taste for the high life.
At Givenchy, designer Riccardo Tisci has settled into a house once defined by the gamine aesthetic of Audrey Hepburn.Paris Fall Fashion Week 2012: A Finale at Yves Saint Laurent
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He had not noticed it himself, but seemed to have eyes for nobody but Sidonie, a gamine.Fromont and Risler, Complete
- a slim and boyish girl or young woman; an elfish tomboy
- (as modifier)a gamine style of haircut
Word Origin and History for gamine
"small, slim, pert young girl," 1899, from French gamine, fem. of gamin.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper