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

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Season 2 also introduced the skateboarding tomboy Max (Sadie Sink) and the conceited Kiefer Sutherland wanna-be Billy (Dacre Montgomery): step-siblings who are new to the town and whose stories evolve this season. Whitney Friedlander, CNN, "A 'Stranger Things' refresher because it's OK if you've forgotten what's happened so far," 2 July 2019 Siegel Vintage Located in the South of France, this shop is for the tomboy who loves vintage. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "These 7 Shoppable Instagram Accounts Are For True Vintage Fashion Fans," 17 Apr. 2019 As kids, Jo is the bookish tomboy and Bethie the feminine good girl. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, "5 books not to miss: 'Recursion' by Blake Crouch, Weiner's 'Mrs. Everything,' 'Islanders'," 8 June 2019 Heller, a tomboy at heart, picked out her tropical-looking bouquet from the flower display at Whole Foods that morning., "City Hall weddings: Public displays of devotion," 7 June 2019 Does that mean gay women can't be vintage car-loving, sneaks and jeans-wearing tomboys who hang out with men? Kasandra Brabaw,, "Reminder: There's No One Way To "Look" Gay," 14 Mar. 2018 The boys started making fun of me and calling me a tomboy. Caterina Clerici & Eléonore Hamelin, Marie Claire, "Rwanda's Future Is Female," 1 Feb. 2019 Camilla was in her early 20s and still maintained her extroverted personality and tomboy image, says Sally Bedell Smith, royal biographer and author of Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbably Life. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "What Camilla Parker Bowles Was Really Like Before She Became a Duchess," 1 Aug. 2018 Fast forward to now, and the once-tomboy from Lake City, Florida has opened for Chanel and is currently embarking on her first beauty partnership with Estée Lauder. Hannah Miller, Harper's BAZAAR, "This is How Supermodel Grace Elizabeth Gets Ready for the Biggest Fashion Party of the Year," 10 Sep. 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 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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