: a first-year participant in a major professional sport
Examples of ROOKIE
- There are three rookies in the starting lineup.
- an experienced policeman whose partner is a rookie
Origin of ROOKIE
perhaps alteration of recruit
First Known Use: 1892
Related to ROOKIE
- abecedarian, apprentice, babe, colt, cub, fledgling, freshman, greenhorn, neophyte, newbie, newcomer, novice, novitiate, punk, recruit, rook, beginner, tenderfoot, tyro, virgin
- old hand, old-timer, vet, veteran
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