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  • n. The state or condition of being tomboyish.
  • n. The behaviour of a tomboy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. masculinity in women (especially in girls and young women)


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  • The Heartbreak Kid - the tomboyishness is a lot like me.

    Jon Chattman: Michelle Monaghan on Truckin' It

  • She should be Caucasian, between ages 15 and 20, who could portray someone "underfed but strong," and "naturally pretty underneath her tomboyishness."

    The Newcomers

  • Alice Dreger, on the Hasting Center blog, alerts us to Dr. Maria New, who's been giving the experimental medication dexamethasone (dex) to pregnant women concerned their child might have congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH, an adrenal condition that results sometimes in intersexuality in girls, rarely in death, sometimes in life-long medication, but has also been associated with tomboyishness and lesbianism) without informed consent.

    Alex Blaze: The Sad Lengths Some Go to Avoid Having a Lesbian Daughter

  • But as Jo Ann grew up to become Jan (her tomboyishness would have made Joe not inaccurate), she learned to speak Spanish and visited Mexico, and found herself intrigued by a Yucatán place-name taken from a Mexican revolutionary hero, all the better that he was male: Quintana Roo.

    'Roads to Quoz'

  • If Superheros like her could cry, then I could cry and it didn't take away from my tomboyishness or my strengths or any of my accomplishments.


  • She appears to be a happy, healthy girl with no visible signs of tomboyishness, despite her XY karyotype.


  • Breathless, she stumbled and fell into her father's arms, and both men had the same thought, one that made them smile upon her tomboyishness indulgently: "If this is twenty-one -- eighteen is three long years younger and less responsible!"


  • Officially, then, he acquitted her of anything worse than tomboyishness.

    Zuleika Dobson, or, an Oxford love story

  • She was not quite so thin, the dark circles under her grey eyes had vanished, and she found not only in herself but even in the most middle-aged of her associates a delightful spirit of tomboyishness in their swelling revolt against the Liberal leaders.

    Mrs. Warren's Daughter A Story of the Woman's Movement

  • Was it because the bent of Miss Shirley was so academic that she was periling upon tomboyishness without knowing it in this primal inspiration of hers?

    Fennel and Rue


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