tenderfoot

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EtymologyEdit

tender +‎ foot. Refers to the delicate feet of newcomers to ranching or mining areas. First attested 1866.

NounEdit

tenderfoot (plural tenderfeet or tenderfoots)

  1. (chiefly Canada, US) An inexperienced person; a novice.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:beginner, Thesaurus:newcomer
  2. (historical) A newcomer or arriviste to the region in the American frontier (Old West and Wild West).
    • 1914, Elinore Pruitt Stewart, Letters of a Woman Homesteader, Houghton Mifflin Company, page 173:
      Watson had risen so hurriedly that he had not been careful about his “tarp” and water had run into his bed. But that would n't[sic] disconcert anybody but a tenderfoot.
  3. (dated) A Boy Scout of the lowest rank.

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