new·​bie | \ˈnü-bē, ˈnyü-\

Definition of newbie 


: a person who has recently started a particular activity : beginner, novice, newcomer It's true that some users–particularly newbies—fall into the Web like Alice down the rabbit hole.— Scott Kirsner What will happen when all those newbie politicians sit down in the swivel chair for the first time?— Geoff Clark

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Examples of newbie in a Sentence

He is a newbie to local politics. a newbie to the Internet, he was still trying to cope with the visual clutter of cyberspace

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Emily Varisco, head climbing coach at The Cliffs Climbing + Fitness in Long Island City, N.Y., gives tutorials that can help newbies build strength. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "Forget Your Washboard Abs, the Hottest Workout Is for Your Fingers," 28 Nov. 2018 Season 27 of Dancing With the Stars kicked off Monday night, and while many of the contestants were newbies to the ballroom dance floor, one celebrity in particular had an additional challenge to face. Eileen Reslen, Good Housekeeping, "'Dancing With the Stars' Contestant Danelle Umstead Gave the Most Moving Performance Last Night," 25 Sep. 2018 These newbies also might not get prepped for how to deal with dangerous situations at crowded venues, at night, or inebriated. Bridget Read, Vogue, "At Burning Man, #MeToo Is More Complicated Than You Think," 28 Aug. 2018 Like Tatcha's first scrubs, these newbies are made from Japanese rice bran. Sophie Wirt, Allure, "Exclusive: Tatcha Is Giving Its Fan-Favorite Rice Enzyme Powder a Makeover," 31 July 2018 Others — like me — were obvious newbies, but excited to give it a try. Nicole Aimone, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bowfishing might be a male-dominate sport, but Dousman's Whale Tales Archery is trying to change that," 18 June 2018 Other Eat to the Beat newbies include Glass Tiger, MercyMe and Tauren Wells, although there are still six slots to be filled in the 32-act event spread from Aug. 30 to Nov. 12. Dewayne Bevil,, "Disney: 98 Degrees, Sheila E, 24 other acts set for Epcot's food and wine fest," 24 Apr. 2018 Here’s the fascinating part: D’Antoni isn’t some red-faced newbie trying to crash the old boys party. Mark Zeigler,, "Is the age of analytics upon us in college basketball?," 17 Mar. 2018 Even unskilled newbies can pull down $19 an hour, almost triple the state’s $7.25-per-hour minimum wage. David Wethe / Bloomberg, Time, "Why This Sand From Texas Is Suddenly Worth $80 a Ton," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of newbie

1970, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for newbie

irregular from new

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English Language Learners Definition of newbie

: a person who has recently started a particular activity

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