One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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’
novice, starter, learner, student, pupil, trainee, apprentice, probationerView synonyms
- ‘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.’
2dated A new member of the Scout or Guide movement who has passed the enrolment tests.
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