from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A newcomer not yet hardened to rough outdoor life; a greenhorn.
- n. An inexperienced person; a novice.
- n. A Boy Scout of the lowest rank.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An inexperienced person; a novice
- n. A newcomer to the region in the old U.S. frontier days.
- n. The lowest rank of Boy Scout.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A delicate person; one not inured to the hardship and rudeness of pioneer life.
- n. See Boy scout.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A new-comer on the plains or in the bush, or one who has not become hardened to the life there; a greenhorn; a novice.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an inexperienced person (especially someone inexperienced in outdoor living)
The highest commendatory degree which can be passed upon a man in that country, and the one which distinguishes him from the tenderfoot, is that of being a "sour-dough boy."
This was the second time today he'd been called a tenderfoot, and he didn't like it.
"The first day a tenderfoot is our guest," replied Mollie Long, laughing.
Mr. Ashe had been anxiously consulted, for the Eastern boy had no desire to be dubbed a tenderfoot; and now, except for its spotless newness, his costume was quite "Western and ranchified" -- according to Blue
The redeeming point of the tenderfoot is his humbleness of spirit and his extreme good nature.
It rankled to be called tenderfoot by a slender chit of a woman.
I had now little fear of being called a tenderfoot and when I viewed my reflection in the spring I felt quite proud of my appearance.
Many a hungry "tenderfoot" has had cause to bless the fortune which led him to her door.
It was a big temptation to Job, the biggest the boy had ever known -- to beat Pete; to show off Bess; to prove he was no "tenderfoot" or "kid" any more.
The "tenderfoot", as Roy also characterized him, was attired in a light suit, the trousers very much creased.