noun, plural tenderfoots, tenderfeet [ten-der-feet] .
a raw, inexperienced person; novice.
a newcomer to the ranching and mining regions of the western U.S., unused to hardships.
one in the lowest rank of the Boy Scouts of America or Girl Scouts of America.

1840–50, Americanism; tender1 + foot

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tenderfoot (ˈtɛndəˌfʊt)
n , 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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1881, Amer.Eng., originally of newcomers to ranching or mining districts, from tender (adj.) + foot. 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.
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Example sentences
During the time of the pioneer, it saved the life of many a white tenderfoot and soldier.
They start their stampede the winter before, not in the spring, which is the tenderfoot way.
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