greenhorn

noun
green·horn | \ˈgrēn-ˌhȯrn \

Definition of greenhorn 

1 : an inexperienced or naive person

2 : a newcomer (as to a country) unacquainted with local manners and customs

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Examples of greenhorn in a Sentence

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

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However, after his captain determined there was no concussion and just an ugly cut, the greenhorn was eager to get back to work. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "'Deadliest Catch' Season 14, Episode 10 recap: tempers flare as a new fishing season gets off to a rocky start," 13 June 2018 The celebration was a bit delayed after his resident greenhorn crew member took an accidental line hook to the skull, resulting in a nasty gash on top of his head. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "'Deadliest Catch' Season 14, Episode 10 recap: tempers flare as a new fishing season gets off to a rocky start," 13 June 2018 The question is whether the greenhorn governor has the political strength and courage to see it through. The Economist, "America has let down its Puerto Rican citizens," 12 Apr. 2018 As the greenhorn’s injury persists and his will to keep going continues, the co-captains make the tough call to sacrifice thousands of dollars in order to get him back to shore for medical treatment. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "'Deadliest Catch' Season 14, Episode 4 recap: the captains see the high cost of injury and illness," 1 May 2018 As if that wasn’t bad enough, a sudden jerk of the boat at the wrong time injures their greenhorn, Taylor. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "'Deadliest Catch' Season 14, Episode 4 recap: the captains see the high cost of injury and illness," 1 May 2018 EIGHT years ago Mike Pompeo was a 47-year-old greenhorn congressional candidate in Wichita, Kansas, with a modest business career and unremarkable limited-government views. The Economist, "The Trump-whisperer," 15 Mar. 2018 Interested greenhorns can apply by March 1 for a crew apprentice position starting this summer. Laine Welch, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump’s proposed cuts would have a big impact on Alaska fisheries," 19 Feb. 2018 Political greenhorns also turned up with the intention to contest the next election. Washington Post, "Thai junta allows new political parties to register," 2 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of greenhorn

1672, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for greenhorn

obsolete greenhorn animal with green or young horns

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greenhorn

noun

English Language Learners Definition of greenhorn

: a person who lacks experience and knowledge

greenhorn

noun
green·horn | \ˈgrēn-ˌhȯrn \

Kids Definition of greenhorn

: a person who is new at something

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