[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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for gamine

romp, meg, spitfire, hoyden, hoiden

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British Dictionary definitions for gamine



  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

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

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