Rookie definition

ro͝okē
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(informal) Any beginner or novice.
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(sports) A first-year or first-time player in a particular league, event, etc.
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(slang) An inexperienced recruit in the army or on a police force.
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Rookie is slang for someone who is new at something.

A new cadet who has just joined the police force is an example of a rookie.

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(sports) A first-year player, especially in a professional sport.
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An untrained or inexperienced recruit, as in the army or police.
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An inexperienced person; a novice.
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An inexperienced recruit, especially in the police or armed forces.
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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.
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(UK) A type of firecracker, used by farmers to scare rooks.
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Non-professional; amateur.

The game was going well until I made that rookie mistake.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
rookie
Plural:
rookies

Origin of rookie

  • Perhaps alteration of recruit

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

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary