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 tomboy (audio) \ adjective
tomboyishness noun

Examples of tomboy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In music and image, Kate Taylor was never a Britney; her persona was more tomboy-next-door, her music more earthy soul. David Browne, Rolling Stone, "The Return of," 1 Apr. 2021 Thomas described herself as a tomboy, always hanging out with her older and younger brothers, playing football, baseball and riding dirt bikes. Don Riddell, CNN, "Sarah Thomas: Kicked out of the men's basketball league, she set her sights on the Super Bowl," 19 Feb. 2021 And Yana Perrault, from Broadway’s Jagged Little Pill, will play rough and tumble Buttercup, the group’s tomboy. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, "The CW Spilled Chemical X into a Bucket and Found Its New Powerpuff Girls," 9 Mar. 2021 Ochi described herself as a gregarious tomboy who loved sports and never took no for an answer. Los Angeles Times, "Rose Ochi, trailblazer for civil rights and Japanese American causes, dies at 81," 5 Jan. 2021 Mary Kate was a tomboy in snapbacks while Ashley was the princess in pink (our pop-culture gender norms were less evolved back then). Kathleen Newman-bremang,, "Are You A Tia Or A Tamera? The Surprisingly Subversive Big Question Of Sister, Sister," 30 Nov. 2020 Musler, 16 years older than Araton, was a working-class tomboy from Hartford, Connecticut, whose dream of being a sports journalist came a little too early. Ann Levin, Star Tribune, "Review: A memoir of a friend and a Knicks fan for the ages," 26 Oct. 2020 But this isn’t even feminism; it’s tomboy deception. Armond White, National Review, "Disney’s Mulan Virus," 9 Sep. 2020 Perhaps the biggest difference from the 1998 version is that this Mulan isn't just your average tomboy from a rural village. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Sumptuously reimagined Mulan turns Disney princess into a true warrior," 5 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of tomboy

1566, in the meaning defined above

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10 Apr 2021

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“Tomboy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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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