[ ten-der-foot ]
/ ˈtɛn dərˌfʊt /
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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.
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Origin of tenderfoot

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50; tender1 + foot
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British Dictionary definitions for 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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