tomboy

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See also: tom boy

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First attested in 1553 when it originally meant a “boisterous boy”, later in 1579 when it came to mean an “immodest woman”, and then finally in 1592 it developed its modern meaning of a “girl who acts like a boy”; from tom +‎ boy.

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Noun[edit]

tomboy (plural tomboys)

  1. A girl who behaves in a typically boyish manner.
    His sister, his dearest and only playmate, is a tomboy at heart.
    Synonyms: hoyden, ladette, romp
    Antonym: girly girl
  2. (Philippines, colloquial) A lesbian.

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Cebuano[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English tomboy.

Noun[edit]

tomboy

  1. a girl who behaves in a typically boyish manner
  2. a lesbian

Quotations[edit]

For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:tomboy.


Tagalog[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English tomboy.

Noun[edit]

tomboy

  1. (colloquial) a boyish girl
    • 1973, Liwayway
      Si Trudy, gaya ng palayaw sa kanya, ay isang tomboy. Sa kanilang lugar, walang batang lalaking nakadaig sa kanya sa ano mang uri ng sports.
      Trudy, like his nickname, is a tomboy. In their neighborhood, the boys cannot even beat her in any sports
    • 1968, Dionisio S. Salazar, Pitong dula
      Sa suot niyang " kamisadentrong panlalaki at "pedal-pusher" na maong ay wala siyang iniwan sa isang "tomboy". (Palinga-linga silang dalawa na tila may hinahanap. Pagtapat sa may puno ng adelpa ay titigil sila. )
      He did not leave the undershirt and "pedal-pusher" jeans to a tomboy (They are looking to the left and right like they are finding something. They will stop when they face the oleander tree.)
  2. (colloquial) a lesbian

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