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tomboy rate
(Adult / Slang)
1. A girl with boyish ways, interests and behaviors; a boyish or butch girl.


(1) Captain Francis Grose, in his Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1811), calls her: ' A romping girl, one who prefers the amusement used by boys to those of her own sex.'

(2) Rosalie Maggio. Dictionary of Bias-Free Usage (1991): ' "Tomboy" once referred only to boys, then to both girls and boys, and now only to girls. In Women of the World, Julia Edwards says of foreign correspondent Dickey Chapelle: "Although she caleld herself a tomboy, she was better described as a tomgirl, for she didn't want to be a boy. She just wanted to do the things boys do.' She recommends the following: active child, agile child, athletic child, boisterous child, adventurous child, physically courageous child, competitive child, live wire, one of the gang, strong child, vigorous child, direct child, spirited child, self-confident child, rude child, blunt child, messy child, rough child, tough child, logical child, mechanically-minded child, etc.

2. A lesbian; obviously meant to be jocular or sarcastic, but perceived as disparaging.

3. An effeminate male trying to appear more masculine.

4. Tomboys , according to James T. Henke in Courtesans and Cuckolds. A Glossary of Renaissance Dramatic Bawdy (1979) were: ' light women, whores '.

tomboy rate
(Noun) a girl who behaves in a manner usually considered boyish.

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