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American slang dating back to the time of the old west. It was used by people who were established in frontier towns to describe someone new, either to the area or the prevailing conditions; someone lacking experience and who was perhaps a little naive. Mildly disparaging but without any real malice it is still used occasionally to describe someone who is just starting out on their chosen career.
Despite having been to university, you’re still a tenderfoot when you start in the workplace.
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greenhorn neophyte
One who is inexperienced.
One who has limited experience.
A boy scout who has not earned enough merit badges to quailfy as an Eagle Scout.
One who has injured a foot.
I won't kick your butt right now because I have a tenderfoot.
by millwoody4x4 June 26, 2005
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The first rank to be earned upon entering Boy Scouts.
"Damnit Joe, this goes by rank, tenderfoots in back."
by Mr. Stoner July 24, 2005
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greenhorn, neophyte, boy scout of lower rank than an Eagle Scout.
I got my merit badges but not enough to become an Eagle Scout.
by millwoody4x4 June 24, 2005
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