a) An inexperienced person; a novice
b) A newcomer to the region in the old U.S. frontier days.

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  • Tenderfoot — Ten der*foot , n. 1. A delicate person; one not inured to the hardship and rudeness of pioneer life. [Slang, Western U. S.] [1913 Webster] 2. See {Boy scout}. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tenderfoot — index neophyte Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • tenderfoot — (n.) 1866, American English, originally of newcomers to ranching or mining districts, from TENDER (Cf. tender) (adj.) + FOOT (Cf. foot). The U.S. equivalent of what in Great Britain was generally called a greenhand. As a level in Boy Scouting, it …   Etymology dictionary

  • tenderfoot — [n] newcomer amateur, beginner, colt*, greenhorn*, Johnny come lately*, neophyte, new kid on the block*, novice, novitiate, rookie, tyro; concepts 413,423 …   New thesaurus

  • tenderfoot — ☆ tenderfoot [ten′dər foot΄ ] n. pl. tenderfoots or tenderfeet 1. a newcomer to the ranching and mining country of the West, unused to the hardships of the life 2. any newcomer, novice, or beginner 3. a beginner in the Boy Scouts …   English World dictionary

  • Tenderfoot — A tenderfoot is slang for an inexperienced person.Tenderfoot may also refer to: * One of the ranks in the Boy Scouts of America * A guest at a dude ranch, also known as a dude …   Wikipedia

  • tenderfoot — UK [ˈtendə(r)ˌfʊt] / US [ˈtendərˌfʊt] noun [countable] Word forms tenderfoot : singular tenderfoot plural tenderfoots or tenderfeet American informal someone who is not experienced and is doing something for the first time …   English dictionary

  • tenderfoot — Boy scout Boy scout Orig., a member of the Boy Scouts, an organization of boys founded in 1908, by Sir R. S. S. Baden Powell, to promote good citizenship by creating in them a spirit of civic duty and of usefulness to others, by stimulating their …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tenderfoot — noun (plural tenderfeet; also tenderfoots) Date: 1849 1. a newcomer in a comparatively rough or newly settled region; especially one not hardened to frontier or outdoor life 2. an inexperienced beginner ; novice < a political tenderfoot > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tenderfoot — noun (C) AmE informal 1 someone who has just arrived at a place where life is much harder than they are used to 2 an inexperienced beginner: a political tenderfoot …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • tenderfoot — /ten deuhr foot /, n., pl. tenderfoots, tenderfeet / feet /. 1. a raw, inexperienced person; novice. 2. a newcomer to the ranching and mining regions of the western U.S., unused to hardships. 3. one in the lowest rank of the Boy Scouts of America …   Universalium

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