noun \ˈr-kē\

: a first-year player in a professional sport

: a person who has just started a job or activity and has little experience

Full Definition of ROOKIE

:  recruit; also :  novice
:  a first-year participant in a major professional sport

Examples of ROOKIE

  1. There are three rookies in the starting lineup.
  2. an experienced policeman whose partner is a rookie

Origin of ROOKIE

perhaps alteration of recruit
First Known Use: 1892

Other General Sports Terms

kegler, mulligan, rappel, turkey

Rhymes with ROOKIE


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