rookie

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Etymology[edit]

From recruit and -ie, thought to be an alteration of recruit, another reasonable origin is Dutch broekie (short for broekvent (a boy still in short trousers)), a common term for a shipmate.

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rookie (plural rookies)

  1. An inexperienced recruit, especially in the police or armed forces.
  2. A novice.
  3. An athlete either new to the sport or to a team or in his first year of professional competition, especially said of baseball, basketball, hockey and American football players.
  4. (UK) A type of firecracker, used by farmers to scare rooks.

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rookie (not comparable)

  1. non-professional; amateur
    The game was going well until I made that rookie mistake.

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