tom·​boy | \ˈtäm-ˌbȯi \

Definition of tomboy 

: a girl who behaves in a manner usually considered boyish

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Other Words from tomboy

tomboyish \ˈtäm-​ˌbȯi-​ish \ adjective
tomboyishness noun

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Camilla was in her early 20s and still maintained her extroverted personality and tomboy image, says Sally Bedell Smith, royal biographer and author of Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbably Life. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "What Camilla Parker Bowles Was Really Like Before She Became a Duchess," 1 Aug. 2018 Fast forward to now, and the once-tomboy from Lake City, Florida has opened for Chanel and is currently embarking on her first beauty partnership with Estée Lauder. Hannah Miller, Harper's BAZAAR, "This is How Supermodel Grace Elizabeth Gets Ready for the Biggest Fashion Party of the Year," 10 Sep. 2018 But Natalie herself was an outdoorsy tomboy, who frequently came home in dirty clothes and kept a pet tarantula in a jar. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sharp Objects Episode 2 Recap: Appearances Are Everything," 16 July 2018 While many admirers of the book see themselves in Jo, the bookish tomboy and obvious stand-in for Alcott herself, others find aspects of themselves reflected in beautiful, nurturing Meg; shy, frail Beth; vain, materialistic Amy. Meredith Blake,, "PBS brings 'Little Women' to a new generation," 10 May 2018 But before that, in 2012, there was a tomboy heroine who became controversial. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "'Incredibles 2' star Elastigirl is 'thicc': Why that's a good thing," 21 June 2018 The couple had met in church in North Carolina, when Ms. McMahon, the tomboy daughter of a budget analyst and a shop foreman, was 13. Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, "Linda McMahon Gets a Ringside Seat for TrumpMania," 24 Feb. 2018 Her fearless play with tomboy style and sexuality made her unique in every way. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "6 Musicians Remember Aaliyah’s Incomparable Style on Her Birthday," 16 Jan. 2018 Pauline, an early riser, wearing a robe over tomboy pajamas, would show up at the couple’s room early every morning and even crawled into bed with them. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, "Hemingway’s Last Girl," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of tomboy

1566, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of tomboy

: a girl who enjoys things that people think are more suited to boys


tom·​boy | \ˈtäm-ˌbȯi \

Kids Definition of tomboy

: a girl who enjoys things that some people think are more suited to boys

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