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Friday, June 26, 2015

Definitions for tenderfoot

  1. a raw, inexperienced person; novice.
  2. a newcomer to the ranching and mining regions of the western U.S., unused to hardships.
  3. one in the lowest rank of the Boy Scouts of America or Girl Scouts of America.

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Citations for tenderfoot
When I came to California in the early seventies I was, probably as unsophisticated a tenderfoot as ever invaded the "wild and woolly". I had never before been farther west than Chicago and never in the country except on one occasion when I spent a week on a dairy farm in New York state. Robert Speed, "The Tenderfoot and the Bear," Pacific Short Story Club Magazine, January, 1911
He's a tenderfoot and doesn't know anything but moral suasion. Charles King, Under Fire, 1895
Origin of tenderfoot
1840-1850
Tenderfoot is an Americanism that came to English in the mid-1800s.