gamine

gamine

[gam-een, -in, ga-meen]
noun
1.
a neglected girl who is left to run about the streets.
2.
a diminutive or very slender girl, especially one who is pert, impudent, or playfully mischievous.
adjective
3.
of or like a gamine: a gamine personality; clothes for the gamine figure.

Origin:
1895–1900; < French; feminine of gamin

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gamine (ˈɡæmiːn, French ɡamin)
 
n
a.  a slim and boyish girl or young woman; an elfish tomboy
 b.  (as modifier): a gamine style of haircut
 
[from French]

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gamine
"small, slim, pert young girl," 1899, from Fr. fem. of gamin.
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