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gamine

[gam-een, -in, ga-meen] /ˈgæm in, -ɪn, gæˈmin/
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
1895-1900; < French; feminine of gamin
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British Dictionary definitions for gamine

gamine

/ˈɡæmiːn; French ɡamin/
noun
1.
  1. a slim and boyish girl or young woman; an elfish tomboy
  2. (as modifier): a gamine style of haircut
Word Origin
from French
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Word Origin and History for gamine
n.

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

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