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gamine

[gam-een, -in, ga-meen]
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noun
  1. a neglected girl who is left to run about the streets.
  2. a diminutive or very slender girl, especially one who is pert, impudent, or playfully mischievous.
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adjective
  1. of or like a gamine: a gamine personality; clothes for the gamine figure.
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Origin of gamine

1895–1900; < French; feminine of gamin
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gamine

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

from French
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Word Origin and History for gamine

n.

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

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