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

Leila George, a Best Dressed newbie, picked a ball gown by Oscar de la Renta with a skirt covered in wildlife scribbles. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "10 Best Dressed: Week of December 3, 2018," 3 Dec. 2018 Inspired by what its founders view as yoga’s benefits to the mind, body, and soul, Yogabed offers practitioners and newbies alike a foam mattress with a cooling layer to help you wake up refreshed. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "7 New Online Mattress Companies That Want To Sweeten Your Dreams," 15 Feb. 2019 Beauty experts will also be on hand to provide recommendations and advice for makeup newbies and experts, too. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "CVS Announced a Partnership with Glamsquad That Will Bring Major Changes to Its Beauty Department," 27 Aug. 2018 Finally, the Academy doesn’t like giving best actor to newbies. Mick Lasalle, San Francisco Chronicle, "Predicting the Oscars in a very political year," 23 Feb. 2018 Word to the newbies: the music is much louder than the Maroon 5 albums playing at your local ‘Bucks. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "What's in a cup? Chicago specialty roasters showcase sips in all shades of black," 9 Nov. 2017 The new Replicator+ from Makerbot is a step in the right direction, introducing 3D printing to newbies and satisfying the technical demands of enthusiasts. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Plug and 3D-Print With the Makerbot Replicator+," 17 Oct. 2016 The December hunt, aimed at relative newbies, was organized by Field to Fork, a project started in 2016 by a 60,000-member national hunting group. Zusha Elinson, WSJ, "Put Down the Kombucha and Pick Up a Crossbow: Hipsters Are the New Hunters," 9 Jan. 2019 From moisturizers to lip masks, this list has something for everyone—K-newbies and longtime K-beauty fans alike. Jaime Osnato, SELF, "The 11 Best Korean Skin-Care Products at Sephora, According to Customers," 5 Nov. 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

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

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