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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. An inexperienced person; a novice
  2. (historical) A newcomer or arriviste to the region in the American frontier (Old West and Wild West).
  3. A Boy Scout of the lowest rank.

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