noun, plural ten·der·foots, ten·der·feet [ten-der-feet] /ˈtɛn dərˌfit/.
- tender mercies,
- tender offer,
Origin of tenderfoot
Examples from the Web for tenderfoot
Guess none of this outfit could truthfully be called a tenderfoot.The Pony Rider Boys in New Mexico|Frank Gee Patchin
You see, it drags on the ground and leaves such a plain trail that any tenderfoot could foller it.With Trapper Jim in the North Woods|Lawrence J. Leslie
And this was another bit of wisdom that in a tenderfoot would have caused much wonder in certain hairy old hunters in the West.The Voice of the Pack|Edison Marshall
He then takes the scouts' oath and is enrolled as a tenderfoot and is entitled to wear the buttonhole badge.Outdoor Sports and Games|Claude H. Miller
I am only a tenderfoot now, hoping to be a second-class Scout before summer.The Girl Scouts' Good Turn|Edith Lavell
noun plural -foots or -feet
1866, American English, originally of newcomers to ranching or mining districts, from tender (adj.) + foot (n.). The U.S. equivalent of what in Great Britain was generally called a greenhand. As a level in Boy Scouting, it is recorded from 1908.
Among the Indians, more than half of every sentence is expressed by signs. And miners illustrate their conversation by the various terms used in mining. I have always noticed how clearly these terms conveyed the idea sought. Awkwardness in comprehending this dialect easily reveals that the hearer bears the disgrace of being a "pilgrim," or a "tender-foot," as they style the new emigrant. ["A Year in Montana," "Atlantic Monthly," August 1866]