tom·​boy | \ ˈtäm-ˌbȯi How to pronounce tomboy (audio) \

Definition of tomboy

: a girl who behaves in a manner usually considered boyish

Other Words from tomboy

tomboyish \ ˈtäm-​ˌbȯi-​ish How to pronounce tomboy (audio) \ adjective
tomboyishness noun

Examples of tomboy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Maisie Williams played iconic tomboy Arya Stark to perfection for eight seasons on Game of Thrones, but coming of age in the spotlight was no easy task. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 12 Apr. 2022 Georgia’s a bit of a tomboy and likes wearing t-shirts and jeans. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 29 Mar. 2022 This tomboy sartorial slant was rooted in survival, not aesthetics. Nerisha Penrose, ELLE, 26 Jan. 2022 And Nella [Larsen] actually hints at that quite clearly in the beginning of her book when Irene [Tessa Thompson] remembers Clare as this kind of tomboy who always had scuffed knees from defending herself. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Jan. 2022 Friends described Moore as funny and vivacious, a onetime tomboy who loved sports and the rapper Drake. Washington Post, 8 Dec. 2021 In the first, John is bailed out by a mate of his dad’s, whose spunky tomboy daughter Nicki (Sacha Parkinson) joins him for the ride. Guy Lodge, Variety, 17 Nov. 2021 Equally intriguing, Austen mentioned baseball while introducing her tomboy heroine, the baseball-loving Catherine Morland. Kyle Roderick, Forbes, 18 Sep. 2021 For Aaliyah, her 1994 rendition of the song charms listeners and underscores her tomboy/Baby Girl duality. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 25 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of tomboy

1566, in the meaning defined above

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4 May 2022

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“Tomboy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for tomboy


tom·​boy | \ ˈtäm-ˌbȯi How to pronounce tomboy (audio) \

Kids Definition of tomboy

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

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