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tyro

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noun ty·ro \ˈtī-(ˌ)rō\

Simple Definition of tyro

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

Full Definition of tyro

plural tyros

  1. :  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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