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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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 The versatile, crushable piece protects 360 degrees, is chock-full of tomboy flair, and is easily portable. Alexandra Gurvitch, Vogue, "Why Bucket Hats and Bikinis Are Summer’s Best Combination," 6 July 2018 Kimia, a tomboy, is treated as an imaginary son by her father, who lectures her on Marx and Engels while shaving. Dalia Sofer, New York Times, "A Persian Turned Parisian Insists: I’m Not an Immigrant, I’m an Exile," 8 June 2018 Hawke excels in the complicated and foundational role of Jo, the adventurous tomboy and de facto protagonist. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: PBS's 'Little Women' is a warm bath of lightness and love," 11 May 2018 In the miniseries she’s portrayed as a tomboy who grew up on a cattle station, and who fiercely resents the school’s efforts to refine her. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Picnic at Hanging Rock," 29 May 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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