Definition of greenhorn
1 : an inexperienced or naive person
2 : a newcomer (as to a country) unacquainted with local manners and customs
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
Recent Examples of greenhorn from the Web
In addition to protecting greenhorns, a good helmet remains standard safety equipment for perilous rock jumps and many high-speed competitions.
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Origin and Etymology of greenhorn
obsolete greenhorn animal with green or young horns
First Known Use: 1672
GREENHORN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of greenhorn for English Language Learners
: a person who lacks experience and knowledge
GREENHORN Defined for Kids
Definition of greenhorn for Students
: a person who is new at something
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