newbie

noun
new·bie | \ˈnü-bē, ˈnyü-\

Definition of newbie 

informal

: 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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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 In contrast, Hamilton is wonderfully wacky as Susannah, the newbie director whose thesis at Yale involved performing Noel Coward in a swimming pool with puppets. Patti Restivo, Howard County Times, "Laurel Mill Playhouse presents 'Laughing Stock'," 6 July 2018 But even free Shakespeare comes at a price – not just because of the scarce arts dollars that could be spent elsewhere, but also because a newbie who first experiences Shakespeare through a production like this one is unlikely to ever come back. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This 'King Lear' more humdrum than tragic," 6 July 2018 On Portland, Oregon’s de facto restaurant row, SE Division Street, Reel M Inn is an unchangeable dive bar serving Rainier tallboys and bewilderingly excellent (organic, even) fried chicken to off-shift chefs, old-timers, and newbies alike. Marnie Hanel, Bon Appetit, "General Life Advice from the Owner of Portland’s Finest Dive Bar," 6 June 2018 Tina Fey's hit 2004 big-screen comedy about a newbie infiltrating the reigning high school clique comes to Broadway in this musical directed and choreographed by Tony winner Casey Nicholaw. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Mean Girls': Theater Review," 9 Apr. 2018 Meghan wasn't the only Royal Ascot newbie; Sophie, Duchess of Wessex and the wife of the queen's youngest son Edward, also made her debut. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Duchess Meghan makes Royal Ascot debut in white dress from go-to label Givenchy," 19 June 2018 While the upper crust among them may be well initiated, newbies from Hollywood could be attending their first royal affair. Scott Harrison, latimes.com, "Royal wedding: The invitation says 'day dress with hat.' Here are hats from other royal nuptials," 16 May 2018 Coming up as newbies in their freshman year, the girls struggled against more experienced competitors. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "Griswold Girls' Lacrosse Debuts Junior Varsity Squad," 1 May 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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newbie

noun

English Language Learners Definition of newbie

: a person who has recently started a particular activity

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