[ tom-boi ]
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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

Other words from tomboy

  • tomboyish, adjective
  • tom·boy·ish·ly, adverb
  • tom·boy·ish·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use tomboy in a sentence

  • She has dropped that hoydenish, tomboyish manner that was so offensive when she returned from the ranch.

    Blue Bonnet in Boston | Caroline E. Jacobs
  • I am beyond words ashamed of the silly tomboyish thing I did last night.

    Zuleika Dobson | Max Beerbohm
  • You can't keep up such a tomboyish trick all your life, and now is a good time to begin, I think.

    We Ten | Lyda Farrington Kraus
  • Would she be fair or dark, and would her ways be gentle or tomboyish?

    The Love Story of Abner Stone | Edwin Carlile Litsey

British Dictionary definitions for tomboy


/ (ˈtɒmˌbɔɪ) /

  1. a girl who acts or dresses in a boyish way, liking rough outdoor activities

Derived forms of tomboy

  • tomboyish, adjective
  • tomboyishly, adverb
  • tomboyishness, noun

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