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tomboy

[tom-boi] /ˈtɒmˌbɔɪ/
noun
1.
an energetic, sometimes boisterous girl whose behavior and pursuits, especially in games and sports, are considered more typical of boys than of girls.
Origin of tomboy
1545-1555
1545-55; Tom + boy
Related forms
tomboyish, adjective
tomboyishly, adverb
tomboyishness, noun
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  • She has dropped that hoydenish, tomboyish manner that was so offensive when she returned from the ranch.

    Blue Bonnet in Boston Caroline E. Jacobs
  • She was not a pretty girl, but was a tremendously healthy one--strong, well developed, and tomboyish in her activities.

  • Would she be fair or dark, and would her ways be gentle or tomboyish?

    The Love Story of Abner Stone Edwin Carlile Litsey
  • She was not particularly drawn to merry, tomboyish Sahwah, because she was not musical, although they got along.

  • You can't keep up such a tomboyish trick all your life, and now is a good time to begin, I think.

    We Ten Lyda Farrington Kraus
British Dictionary definitions for tomboyish

tomboy

/ˈtɒmˌbɔɪ/
noun
1.
a girl who acts or dresses in a boyish way, liking rough outdoor activities
Derived Forms
tomboyish, adjective
tomboyishly, adverb
tomboyishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for tomboyish

tomboy

n.

1550s, "rude, boisterous boy," from Tom + boy; meaning "bold or immodest woman" is attested from 1570s; that of "girl who acts like a spirited boy" is first recorded 1590s.

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Slang definitions & phrases for tomboyish

Tomahawk

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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