Share this entry

Share this page

tenderfoot

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

Definition of tenderfoot in English:

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
More example sentences
  • 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.

Definition of tenderfoot in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day ingratiate
Pronunciation: ɪnˈɡreɪʃɪeɪt
verb
bring oneself into favour with someone through flattery…