tenderfoot

[ ten-der-foo t ]
/ ˈtɛn dərˌfʊt /

noun, plural ten·der·foots, ten·der·feet [ten-der-feet] /ˈtɛn dərˌfit/.

a raw, inexperienced person; novice.
a newcomer to the ranching and mining regions of the western U.S., unused to hardships.
one in the lowest rank of the Boy Scouts of America or Girl Scouts of America.

Origin of tenderfoot

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50; tender1 + foot
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tenderfoot

/ (ˈtɛndəˌfʊt) /

noun plural -foots or -feet

a newcomer, esp to the mines or ranches of the southwestern US
(formerly) a beginner in the Scouts or Guides

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