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rookie

[ roo k-ee ]SEE DEFINITION OF rookie

Synonyms for rookie

  • colt
  • newcomer
  • amateur
  • apprentice
  • beginner
  • cub
  • fledgling
  • greenhorn
  • neophyte
  • tenderfoot
  • trainee
  • freshman/woman
  • new kid on the block
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Antonyms for rookie

  • expert
  • professional
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ROOKIE

And he wasn't forgetting Keesey, the rookie who'd replaced him.

"Rookie" is the term by which a new recruit is designated in Army slang.

Is it allowable, Sergeant, for a rookie to ask what this is all about?

Yet I am convinced that what will best control the Plattsburg rookie is the Plattsburg non-com.

Then he was just a busher, a rookie, a nobody who had his reputation yet to win.

A Reservist is a dug-out, a recruit a rookie, and a veteran an old sweat.

No, admitted the rookie reluctantly, yo nevah tol me nuthin.

You already are onethat is you are a 44 rookie, which is practically the same thing.

"Yes, Rookie darling," she said, in a tone of drowsy happiness.

The only drawback to this, Rookie, is that it takes it out of Charlotte.

WORD ORIGIN

"raw recruit," 1892 in that spelling, popularized by Kipling's "Barrack-Room Ballads," of uncertain origin, perhaps from recruit, influenced by rook (n.1) in its secondary sense, suggesting "easy to cheat." Barrère ["A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant," 1890] has "Rookey (army), a recruit; from the black coat some of them wear," so perhaps directly from rook (n.1). Came into general use in American English during the Spanish-American War.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR ROOKIE

apprentice

nounnovice/learner of a trade

dilettante

adjectiveamateurish
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