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tenderfoot

[ten-der-foo t] /ˈtɛn dərˌfʊt/
noun, plural tenderfoots, tenderfeet
[ten-der-feet] /ˈtɛn dərˌfit/ (Show IPA)
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.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50, Americanism; tender1 + foot
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British Dictionary definitions for tender-feet

tenderfoot

/ˈtɛndəˌfʊt/
noun (pl) -foots, -feet
1.
a newcomer, esp to the mines or ranches of the southwestern US
2.
(formerly) a beginner in the Scouts or Guides
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Word Origin and History for tender-feet

tenderfoot

n.

1866, American English, originally of newcomers to ranching or mining districts, from tender (adj.) + foot (n.). The U.S. equivalent of what in Great Britain was generally called a greenhand. As a level in Boy Scouting, it is recorded from 1908.

Among the Indians, more than half of every sentence is expressed by signs. And miners illustrate their conversation by the various terms used in mining. I have always noticed how clearly these terms conveyed the idea sought. Awkwardness in comprehending this dialect easily reveals that the hearer bears the disgrace of being a "pilgrim," or a "tender-foot," as they style the new emigrant. ["A Year in Montana," "Atlantic Monthly," August 1866]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for tender-feet

tenderfoot

noun

A newcomer; neophyte; callow person; greenhorn (1881+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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