ten·​der·​foot | \ ˈten-dər-ˌfu̇t How to pronounce tenderfoot (audio) \
plural tenderfeet\ ˈten-​dər-​ˌfēt How to pronounce tenderfeet (audio) \ also tenderfoots\ ˈten-​dər-​ˌfu̇ts How to pronounce tenderfoots (audio) \

Definition of tenderfoot

1 : an inexperienced beginner : novice a political tenderfoot
2 : a newcomer in a comparatively rough or newly settled region especially : one not hardened to frontier or outdoor life

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skateboarders who are tenderfeet will inevitably fall as they learn their first moves

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The film stars Robert Pattinson as Samuel Alabaster, a foppishly dressed tenderfoot who shows up on the Oregon territory with miniature horse named Butterscotch, looking to hire a preacher (David Zellner) for a wedding. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "'Damsel': Robert Pattinson neo-western shoots itself in its hipster foot," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of tenderfoot

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of tenderfoot

US, informal
: someone who has just started doing something
: a person who is not used to living in rough conditions or outdoors

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