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.
tomboy (plural tomboys)
- A girl who behaves in a typically boyish manner.
- (Philippines, colloquial) A lesbian.
For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:tomboy.
- (a lesbian): tibo