tomboy

[ tom-boi ]
/ ˈtɒmˌbɔɪ /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. tombaugh, clyde w.,
  2. tombigbee,
  3. tombola,
  4. tombolo,
  5. tombouctou,
  6. tombstone,
  7. tombstone ad,
  8. tombé,
  9. tomcat,
  10. tomcod

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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British Dictionary definitions for tomboy

tomboy

/ (ˈtɒmˌbɔɪ) /

noun

a girl who acts or dresses in a boyish way, liking rough outdoor activities
Derived Formstomboyish, adjectivetomboyishly, adverbtomboyishness, noun

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Word Origin and History for tomboy

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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