greenhorn


green·horn

noun \-ˌhrn\

: a person who lacks experience and knowledge

Full Definition of GREENHORN

1
:  an inexperienced or naive person
2
:  a newcomer (as to a country) unacquainted with local manners and customs

Examples of GREENHORN

  1. He's not the most sophisticated businessman you'll ever meet, but he's no greenhorn.
  2. <go easy on him—he's just a greenhorn and doesn't have all the experience you do>

Origin of GREENHORN

obsolete greenhorn animal with green or young horns
First Known Use: 1682

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