Definitions

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  • n. A boy who behaves in a typically girlish manner.
  • n. A tomboy, a girl who behaves in a typically boyish manner.

Etymologies

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tom +‎ girl. The "girlish boy" sense was formed as an antonym of tomboy; the "boyish girl" sense is perhaps an alteration of "tomboy" to reinforce that the referent is a girl.

Examples

  • Even when she was playing tomgirl, as now, she always seemed more girl than torn.

    Calder Born, Calder Bred

  • The secondary cast, including Gerard Butler (as Hiccup's dad, Stoick) and America Ferrera (as tomgirl Astrid, whom Hiccup wins over), acquit themselves admirably.

    The Harvard Crimson | All Articles

  • Sam Ronson-free, but definitely not liking it, Lindsay Lohan actually blames her dad Michael Lohan for triggering her breakup with Samantha Ronson with those endless headline-making cracks about his daughter's boy-oh-boy great love affair with the British tomgirl, and now she's insisting Michael should build a bridge over troubled waters by making a fromal apology to Ronson.

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