greenhorn

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noun green·horn \ˈgrēn-ˌhȯrn\

Definition of greenhorn

  1. 1 :  an inexperienced or naive person

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

Examples of greenhorn in a sentence

  1. He's not the most sophisticated businessman you'll ever meet, but he's no greenhorn.

  2. go easy on him—he's just a greenhorn and doesn't have all the experience you do

Origin and Etymology of greenhorn

obsolete greenhorn animal with green or young horns


First Known Use: 1672


GREENHORN Defined for English Language Learners

greenhorn

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noun green·horn \ˈgrēn-ˌhȯrn\

Definition of greenhorn for English Language Learners

  • : a person who lacks experience and knowledge


GREENHORN Defined for Kids

greenhorn

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noun green·horn \ˈgrēn-ˌhȯrn\

Definition of greenhorn for Students

  1. :  a person who is new at something



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