Definition of tenderfoot in English:


Line breaks: ten¦der|foot
Pronunciation: /ˈtɛndəfʊt

noun (plural tenderfoots or tenderfeet)

1chiefly North American A newcomer or novice, especially a person unaccustomed to hardship: the journey is not recommended for the tenderfoot [as modifier]: a tenderfoot Englishman who couldn’t find his way in the woods
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  • He loses his tenderfoot status and eventually even becomes a rodeo celebrity.
  • He claimed he was a tenderfoot in this operation and was only doing his friend a favour.
  • The prairie ain't for no tenderfoot, that's for sure.
2 dated A new member of the Scout or Guide movement who has passed the enrolment tests.

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