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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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,, "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 As breathtaking as his moves may be, my, oh my does this newbie have some big dancing shoes to fill. Alexis Hobbs, Woman's Day, "The New 'Dirty Dancing' Remake Has Officially Cast the Next Johnny," 24 Feb. 2016 These newbies are the U.S. units of Barclays PLC, BNP Paribas SA, Credit Suisse Group AG , Deutsche Bank AG , Royal Bank of Canada and UBS Group AG. Ryan Tracy, WSJ, "What Are the Fed’s Stress Tests?," 20 June 2018 Below, Billboard caught up with the R&B vet to discuss his growth over the years, new album Good Man and which R&B newbies are on his radar. Nerisha Penrose, Billboard, "How Ne-Yo's Wife & His Journey of Self-Reflection Helped Him Create 'Good Man' Album," 20 June 2018 More coverage ► Here are the horses that are in (and out) of the 2018 Kentucky Derby ► Don't want to sound like a Derby newbie? Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "In the Kentucky Derby, experts like trainer Bill Mott respect the unknown with their horses," 29 Apr. 2018 That's especially true when the defensive backfield is populated by a bunch of newbies trying to master Saban's nuanced system. Rainer Sabin,, "With changes in secondary, will Alabama have the license to blitz in 2018?," 30 Mar. 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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