The tenderfoot, struck by the logic of this reasoning, fell silent.
“You need not worry, Mr. tenderfoot,” the girl flashed back at him.
You-all just ought to 've seen that tenderfoot pull his freight!
The tenderfoot staked his claim on the chance of selling it again.
People will exaggerate; and the temptation to fill up a more or less gullible "tenderfoot" is often irresistible.
A tenderfoot, therefore, is superior to the ordinary boy because of his training.
Such a name as that doesn't make very good sense to a tenderfoot on the first hearing.
Enlist a boy trained by himself in the requirements of a tenderfoot.
If the engineer had been the tenderfoot they took him for, the trouble would have culminated quickly.
"No need to remind you I'm a tenderfoot," he jibed at himself.
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]
Big; impressive; imposing: No more ten-carat heels were going to tell me sorry