- 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
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Examples from the Web for tomboy
Harding played the role of tomboy athlete, which was not a traditional female figure skating archetype.
But the traditional ice skating establishment was immune to her tomboy charms.
Somehow, the tomboy from Love & Basketball and the rest of the cast had to be convinced to return.Sanaa Lathan Says ‘The Best Man Holiday’ Was a Silly, Super Fun Reunion
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In the local lingo, Xiaojiong is a “T” (tomboy), and Xiaopu is a “P” (feminine-style).China’s Fake Gay Marriages
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In Tomboy, a French movie released last fall, the main character is an androgynous girl who purposely passes as a boy.The Transgender Revolution, From Albert Nobbs to ‘Work It’
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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."
Considering that trio of turtles, Tomboy, it may be for years and it may be forever.
Second, I have been getting tired of this nickname 'Tomboy'.
- a girl who acts or dresses in a boyish way, liking rough outdoor activities
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Word Origin and History for tomboy
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