I heard a word some months ago describing someone who was not the type who could handle being dropped in the middle of nowhere and surviving. I forget if it was an adjective or a noun - I think it was a noun.

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Greenhorn (green meaning immature) is the word I remember from Cowboy films.

etymonline.com> greenhorn (n.) mid-15c.,
"horn of an animal recently killed," also "young horned animal," from green (adj.) in sense of "new, fresh, recent" + horn (n.). Applied to new soldiers from c. 1650; extended to any inexperienced person by 1680s.

Tenderfoot came into popularity with Scouting for Boys


A tenderfoot is slang for an inexperienced person, particularly one who is not adapted to a rural or outdoor lifestyle setting.

tenderfoot (n.)

1866, American English, originally of newcomers to ranching or mining districts, from tender (adj.) + foot (n.). The U.S. equivalent of what in Great Britain was generally called a greenhand.


City slicker: A person raised in the city and accustomed to life there http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=city+slicker

  • This is an assumption. Not every country boy comes from the middle of nowhere. Not every city slicker can't handle being there. Commented Aug 29, 2015 at 5:23

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