Definition of tenderfoot in English:



  • 1North 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’
    • ‘The works are carefully chosen to suit both connoisseurs and tenderfoots.’
    • ‘He claimed he was a tenderfoot in this operation and was only doing his friend a favour.’
    • ‘She wasn't a tenderfoot, and she wasn't going to stop just because she didn't have boots.’
    • ‘He loses his tenderfoot status and eventually even becomes a rodeo celebrity.’
    • ‘Nothing troubled the woodsman more than being labeled a tenderfoot.’
    • ‘At thirty-two, I imagined I was the oldest tenderfoot in the history of rock and roll.’
    • ‘It was a difficult environment for a tenderfoot.’
    • ‘I'll take care of the tenderfoot.’
    • ‘Nobody will go lightly on him just because he's still something of a tenderfoot.’
    • ‘For a tenderfoot, the job of a rustler was a tough one to undertake.’
    • ‘The prairie ain't for no tenderfoot, that's for sure.’
    • ‘The tanks chase the terrified tenderfoot across a desolate battlefield.’
    novice, starter, learner, student, pupil, trainee, apprentice, probationer
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  • 2dated A new member of the Scout or Guide movement who has passed the enrolment tests.