tenderfoot

noun ten·der·foot \ ˈten-dər-ˌfu̇t \

Definition of tenderfoot

plural tenderfeet play \ˈten-dər-ˌfēt\ also tenderfoots play \ˈten-dər-ˌfu̇ts\
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

Examples of tenderfoot in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of tenderfoot

1849

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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TENDERFOOT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of tenderfoot for English Language Learners

  • : someone who has just started doing something

  • : a person who is not used to living in rough conditions or outdoors



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