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tomboy

[tom-boi]
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noun
  1. an energetic, sometimes boisterous girl whose behavior and pursuits, especially in games and sports, are considered more typical of boys than of girls.
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Origin of tomboy

First recorded in 1545–55; Tom + boy
Related formstom·boy·ish, adjectivetom·boy·ish·ly, adverbtom·boy·ish·ness, noun
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  • 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

tomboy

noun
  1. a girl who acts or dresses in a boyish way, liking rough outdoor activities
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Derived Formstomboyish, adjectivetomboyishly, adverbtomboyishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for tomboy

n.

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.

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