- a newcomer to the ranching and mining country of the West, unused to the hardships of the life
- any newcomer, novice, or beginner
- a beginner in the Boy Scouts
nounpl. ten·der·foots or ten·der·feet
- A newcomer not yet hardened to rough outdoor life; a greenhorn.
- An inexperienced person; a novice.
- often Tenderfoot A Boy Scout of the lowest rank.
(plural tenderfeet or tenderfoots)