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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Take tomboy and aspiring writer Jo March, Little Women’s main protagonist — modeled, incidentally, after Alcott herself. Sarah Schutte, National Review, "Louisa May Alcott: A Writer for All Ages," 22 Aug. 2019 The athletic tomboy, all of 9, wasn’t the least bit interested in the preacher’s son. Mary Wakeford, azcentral, "Couple finds the perfect Victorian home in Peoria. Take a look," 22 Aug. 2019 Max breaks free of her trademark tomboy persona by wearing basically every single color in the rainbow all at once. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Here’s Where to Shop All of Max’s Best Outfits from "Stranger Things 3"," 2 Aug. 2019 Bradley has enough swagger as the Elvis-wannabe, Feallock ably switches between the sweet and charming tomboy who finally wears a dress to attract Chad, to cross-dressing as another roustabout named Ed in order to befriend Chad. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "REVIEW: ‘All Shook Up’ is lots of Elvis-inspired fun," 7 Aug. 2019 The family summered in Lebanon, and Patricia, a tomboy, learned to hunt and fish all over Iraq. Marcia Desanctis, Town & Country, "The Strange Saga of Trump Winery," 14 Oct. 2016 As a girl Earhart was a tomboy who hunted rats with a .22 rifle. Erin Davis And Brandon Griggs, CNN, "Amelia Earhart broke aviation records and empowered generations of women pilots," 24 July 2019 Growing up in Northern California’s Grass Valley, Streicher and her sisters were self-described tomboys who never spent that long getting ready. Los Angeles Times, "Perfect eyebrows: Hollywood’s go-to guru Kristie Streicher offers arch advice," 19 July 2019 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

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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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