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  1. an energetic, sometimes boisterous girl whose behavior and pursuits, especially in games and sports, are considered more typical of boys than of girls.

Origin of tomboy

First recorded in 1545–55; Tom + boy
Related formstom·boy·ish, adjectivetom·boy·ish·ly, adverbtom·boy·ish·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for tomboy

romp, meg, gamine, spitfire, hoyden, hoiden

Examples from the Web for tomboy

Contemporary Examples of tomboy

Historical Examples of tomboy

  • She had a snappy temper and a sharp tongue and was, indeed, something of a tomboy.

    Pee-wee Harris

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

  • But then there had been the tomboy laughter of dark Falkny, he could not neglect her.

    The Valor of Cappen Varra

    Poul William Anderson

  • So I eyed her and said, "Tomboy, you did not come here to indulge in small talk."

    The Big Fix

    George Oliver Smith

  • Considering that trio of turtles, Tomboy, it may be for years and it may be forever.

    The Big Fix

    George Oliver Smith

  • Second, I have been getting tired of this nickname 'Tomboy'.

    The Big Fix

    George Oliver Smith

British Dictionary definitions for tomboy


  1. a girl who acts or dresses in a boyish way, liking rough outdoor activities
Derived Formstomboyish, adjectivetomboyishly, adverbtomboyishness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for tomboy

1550s, "rude, boisterous boy," from Tom + boy; meaning "bold or immodest woman" is attested from 1570s; that of "girl who acts like a spirited boy" is first recorded 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper