Greenhorn definition

grēnhôrn
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A newcomer, especially one who is unfamiliar with the ways of a place or group.
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An inexperienced or immature person, especially one who is easily deceived.
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A person easily deceived; dupe.
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An inexperienced person; beginner; novice.
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(now rare) A newly arrived immigrant.
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(chiefly US) An inexperienced person; a novice, beginner or newcomer.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
greenhorn
Plural:
greenhorns

Origin of greenhorn

  • Middle English greene horn horn of a newly slaughtered animal grene green green horn horn horn

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From 17th century jewelery manufacturing which used decorated horn which was impressed at a specific temperature. If heated too high (a common mistake by apprentices), the horn turned green.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English greene horn, the horn of a newly slaughtered animal

    From Wiktionary

  • From the reference to an animal with green (that is, young) horns

    From Wiktionary