tomboy

noun tom·boy \ ˈtäm-ˌbȯi \
Updated on: 28 Feb 2018

Definition of tomboy

: a girl who behaves in a manner usually considered boyish

tomboyish

play \ˈtäm-ˌbȯi-ish\ adjective

tomboyishness

noun

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Definition of tomboy for English Language Learners

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


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tomboy

noun tom·boy \ ˈtäm-ˌbȯi \

Definition of tomboy for Students

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


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