noun, ty·ro often attributive \ˈtī-(ˌ)rō\

: a person who has just started learning or doing something : a beginner or novice

plural tyros

Full Definition of TYRO

:  a beginner in learning :  novice

Examples of TYRO

  1. Most of the people in the class were tyros like me.
  2. <he's a good musician, but at 14, he's still a tyro and has a lot to learn>

Origin of TYRO

Medieval Latin, from Latin tiro young soldier, tyro
First Known Use: 1587

Synonym Discussion of TYRO

amateur, dilettante, dabbler, tyro mean a person who follows a pursuit without attaining proficiency or professional status. amateur often applies to one practicing an art without mastery of its essentials <a painting obviously done by an amateur>; in sports it may also suggest not so much lack of skill but avoidance of direct remuneration <remained an amateur despite lucrative offers>. dilettante may apply to the lover of an art rather than its skilled practitioner but usually implies elegant trifling in the arts and an absence of serious commitment <had no patience for dilettantes>. dabbler suggests desultory habits of work and lack of persistence <a dabbler who started novels but never finished them>. tyro implies inexperience often combined with audacity with resulting crudeness or blundering <shows talent but is still a mere tyro>.


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