new·​bie | \ ˈnü-bē How to pronounce newbie (audio) , 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
Recent Examples on the Web Umbrella Academy newbie Ritu Arya asked with a conspiratorial arch to her voice during a recent phone call with Refinery29. Ariana Romero,, "You Love Lila. We Love Lila. Ritu Arya Explains Umbrella Academy’s Best New Character," 2 Aug. 2020 Veterans should budget two to four years for mentoring a newbie. Natalie Krebs, Outdoor Life, "Why We Suck at Recruiting New Hunters, Why It Matters, and How You Can Fix It," 15 Oct. 2019 On a recent Sunday, a few newbies—an educator in the U.K., an obstetrician in New York City, a P.R. manager for an ovulation-tracking app in Berlin—gathered on Houseparty for a birthday celebration. Fergus Mcintosh, The New Yorker, "Zoom Fatigue? Try Houseparty," 1 June 2020 To a newbie, sitting behind the wheel of a Porsche can be intimidating, but driving this car provokes zero anxiety. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet Gives Up Little to the Coupe," 11 Mar. 2020 Every week, the bar was crowded with a medley of folks — from drag queens dancing through crowds of newbies to regulars returning for a night of fun. Daily Pilot, "Laguna’s former Boom Boom Room slated to become Bear Flag Fish Co.," 14 Aug. 2019 While the essential need for a watch might have been supplanted by dive computers, these timepieces are a safe, stylish back-up for pro-divers or scuba newbies. Popular Science, "Reliable diving watches for your undersea adventures," 20 May 2020 Tech newbie or no, Sergio proves ideal in ways far beyond the needs of the investigator, a smooth middle-aged man named Romulo. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Mole Agent': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 27 Jan. 2020 The legalization of industrial hemp in the U.S. less than a year ago has sparked interest from both traditional farmers and newbies like Crabill. David Eggert,, "Legal hemp, CBD stir more farmers to grow unfamiliar crop," 22 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of newbie was in 1970

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6 Aug 2020

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“Newbie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of newbie

chiefly US, informal : a person who has recently started a particular activity

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