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

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But newbies to the Cats universe may find themselves with a lot of questions about these anthropomorphic kitties. Raisa Bruner, Time, "What's a Jellicle, Anyway? Everything You Need to Know About Cats Before the Movie Adaptation," 18 July 2019 Night Two’s notable newbie was California Rep. Eric Swalwell, whose orange necktie and lapel ribbon made for a standout look. Adam Tschorn,, "The 2020 Democratic debates: A pop of red, a naked neck and a sea of navy blue," 28 June 2019 With roughly 300 feet of ascent, there is enough climbing for riders to acclimate to the quad burn, but not so much that newbies will want to quit. Heather Balogh Rochfort, The Know, "Mountain biking trails that’ll get you home in time for dinner," 13 June 2019 Of course, North is no newbie to modeling, having starred in a Fendi campaign with her mom and grandmother Kris Jenner earlier this summer. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "North West Walks in L.O.L. Surprise Fashion Show," 23 Sep. 2018 Activbody is selling the device to a wide range of customers, from fitness newbies and physical therapists to professional athletes. Brittany Meiling, San Diego Union-Tribune, "La Jolla fitness startup booms after Apple stocks its device in stores," 24 July 2019 The Courier-Journal hauled ice cream from the Comfy Cow, Graeter's and Louisville Cream, and put some Louisville newbies to a blindfold taste test to settle debate. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Ale-8-One and Louisville Cream are teaming up for a Friday Freebie you can't resist," 12 July 2019 Many newbies fret about wasting time at sea rather than exploring, but Tom Baker recommends always including at least two sea days in any itinerary. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Book a Cruise for the First Time," 9 July 2019 As Forbes' Jason Evanghelo noted in a review earlier this year, Solus is an exceptionally easy choice for Linux newbies who just want to start playing their games. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Steam and Ubuntu clash over 32-bit libs," 25 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of newbie

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

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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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