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

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 How to pronounce tomboyish (audio) \ adjective
tomboyishness noun

Examples of tomboy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nats, intense and porcelain-skinned, is a lifelong tomboy. James Reginato, Town & Country, "Outrageous Fortune: Nats, August, and Gigi Gorgeous Getty Are Not Your Typical Old-Money Scions," 14 Jan. 2020 Witherspoon stars as Dani Trant, a young tomboy, coming of age in Louisiana in the summer of 1957. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Reese Witherspoon remembers 'magical' summer making her first movie – and kissing a boy on screen," 30 Jan. 2020 Her older sister, Rose (Lucille Bremer), is hoping her long-distance boyfriend will propose to her, and sister Tootie (O'Brien) is a tomboy with a wild imagination who is always getting into trouble. Susan King,, "Margaret O’Brien on the magic of Judy Garland and ‘Meet Me in St. Louis’ 75 years ago," 5 Dec. 2019 The singer who was able to code-switch from tomboy to ultra-glam is still the blueprint for women’s streetwear. Nandi Howard, Essence, "10 Of Our Favorite Fashion Moments From Aaliyah," 16 Jan. 2020 To the untrained eye, I might be pegged for a tomboy. Washington Post, "We are an LGBTQ family. Please don’t ask us awkward personal questions at holiday parties.," 12 Dec. 2019 She was raised on a hay farm and very much a tomboy. CBS News, "Patrick Frazee sentenced: Colorado mom Kelsey Berreth gets justice a year after Thanksgiving Day killing," 23 Nov. 2019 Sherry is described as a tomboy who enjoyed farm work in 1984 and knew how to drive a tractor. Carol Robinson |, al, "Gone without a trace? Misery, mystery linger in these Alabama missing child cases," 12 Nov. 2019 Actress Julie Harris was nominated for an Academy Award in her big-screen debut playing the awkward, 12-year-old tomboy Frankie Adams in the 1952 film. John Benson, cleveland, "Beck Center for the Arts spotlights racism and gender identity in ‘The Member of the Wedding’," 30 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of tomboy

1566, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tomboy was in 1566

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21 Apr 2020

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“Tomboy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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 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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