tomboy

noun

tom·​boy ˈtäm-ˌbȯi How to pronounce tomboy (audio)
: a girl who behaves in a manner usually considered boyish
tomboyish adjective
tomboyishness noun

Examples of tomboy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Row Jules Derby shoes The Row’s derby shoes add a chic tomboy element. Porter Simmons, Vogue, 24 Nov. 2023 The two then combined their different families, Somers’ two daughters and young son and Duffy’s two boys and tomboy girl middle child, under one roof. Hilary Lewis, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Oct. 2023 Having grown up in the country, the girls were always outdoors and embraced their tomboy sides, doing everything from riding four-wheelers to hiking through the woods with their cousins. Kirsty Hatcher, Peoplemag, 3 Oct. 2023 Roberta is a tomboy, perplexed by the changes in her developing body. Lauren Brown West-Rosenthal, Parents, 7 Aug. 2023 Advertisement Lister, a precocious tomboy who seemingly knows something about everything, and Raine, a half-Indian heiress born out of wedlock, were fellow outcasts who found each other at the Manor School in 1805. Chris Vognar, Los Angeles Times, 25 Aug. 2023 The singer-songwriter also became known for her signature tomboy style which consisted of loose, boxy clothing that concealed her body. USA TODAY, 30 May 2023 The look was classic Ri: a little bit tomboy and a lot bit luxe. Louisa Ballhaus, Robb Report, 14 Apr. 2023 With valuable one-on-one time, Endicott learned Aubree was the artistic tomboy and Maddie the bossy diva. Savannaheadens, oregonlive, 26 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1566, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tomboy was in 1566

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“Tomboy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tomboy. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

tomboy

noun
tom·​boy ˈtäm-ˌbȯi How to pronounce tomboy (audio)
: a girl who enjoys things some people think are more suited to boys
tomboyish adjective
tomboyishness noun

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