from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having tender or sensitive feet.
  • Cautious; timid; “green.” Compare tenderfoot.


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  • I'm a cowman and a prospector, but I'm sure tender-footed on water, an 'they don't know punkins.


  • Gilbert should be ashamed of his moronic rant, not because it was racist, or because of any underlying hints of a master-slave relationship, but because such grossly asinine communications should remain the domain of tender-footed teenagers, and not grown men.

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  • When, maybe almost an hour later I finally found her in the dark, she was surrounded by cactus, and too scared and tender-footed to move.

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  • Aware suddenly of his lack of shoes, Glen picked his tender-footed way back to the porch, past Stan, who was lying on the edge of the steps with his head between his front paws and his eyes on the empty barn.

    A Darker Place

  • We both came with sort of a tender-footed idealism about Washington, about politics.

    Common Cents

  • She took her hands off him and rested them on her thighs, balancing easily at the slow walk necessitated by her tender-footed horse.

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  • Passengers were many times "tender-footed," as the Texas Rangers call the Easterners.

    The Second William Penn A true account of incidents that happened along the old Santa Fe Trail

  • And the tender-footed fellows can stay at home with you.

    Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads

  • The two tender-footed men were good fellows, but, like too many others, when the novelty of the enterprise began to develop into a stern reality, and there was manual labor to be performed, and hardships to be endured, and some personal sacrifices to be made, they began to lose heart, get homesick and weary, and to shirk their part; also to be surly and disagreeable.

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  • After they had been out awhile prospecting, Ben West found out that two of his partners were tender-footed men, never having had any experience as miners, though they at first tried to make Ben think they had.

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