Definition of tomboy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɒmbɔɪ/


A girl who enjoys rough, noisy activities traditionally associated with boys.
Example sentences
  • It's still cute for a girl to be a tomboy, but a terrible insult to call a boy a sissy.
  • I've known Chastity since she was young, and this girl was a total tomboy.
  • Tailored replica kits, specially-designed leisure wear and even lingerie are all catering for the female fan base and dispelling the myth that girls who like sport are tomboys with short hair who don't like being feminine.



Pronunciation: /ˈtɒmbɔɪɪʃ/
Example sentences
  • At my early age, I was very tomboyish, into long-distance running and playing basketball.
  • At 49, she's still striking - squint and you can glimpse the tomboyish, natural-looking sexual ingénue of the movies - but is quick to point out it that it could have all been very different.
  • They were two versions of the perfect middle England everychild, one tomboyish, smart and dark-haired, the other quieter and fair.


Pronunciation: /ˈtɒmbɔɪɪʃli/
Example sentences
  • She put her hands on her hips tomboyishly, and raised a silent eyebrow at the man.
  • In one photograph, a little girl plays tomboyishly in the street, oblivious to an upturned car nearby.
  • Before, I used to dress tomboyishly; but as time went by, I changed a little and became elegantly casual.


Pronunciation: /ˈtɒmbɔɪɪʃnəs/
Example sentences
  • The article's author figured that there were two ways of writing sexism into one's characters: stereotypical femininity and its mirror opposite, stereotypical tomboyishness.
  • But what she lacks in intellectual spark is more than made up for by her tireless tomboyishness.
  • The biological theory is based on evidence that high levels of the male hormone testosterone are associated with high levels of aggression in boys and tomboyishness in girls.

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