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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Some of us are newbies and some of us have years of experience. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "San Jose calendar of events for the week of Aug. 30," 30 Aug. 2019 Hilaria is no newbie to exercising — or to sharing her workouts with her 622,000 followers! Ashley Boucher,, "Hilaria Baldwin Shows Off Her 'Entire Leg Workout' Fitness Routine from Her Bathroom," 26 July 2019 Susan Newcomer is hardly a newbie — the 21-year library-media teacher was one of the original instructors when Clark Magnet High opened its doors for the 1998-99 school year. Andrew J. Campa,, "30 educators with the Glendale Teachers Assn. take a final bow," 6 June 2019 Kaling is a newbie to food prepping, but she’s taken on some tricky recipes and ingredients, cooking sweet potatoes and string beans, chopping up mango chunks and poaching salmon. Blake Bakkila,, "The Meal Prep Trick That Mindy Kaling Swears By," 9 July 2018 Palin is a newbie to Instagram, posting for the first time in October 2017. Hunter Schwarz, CNN, "Sarah Palin is now an Instagram influencer," 19 Apr. 2018 Fortunately, there are strategies newbies can employ that make letting go easier. Diane Stopyra, New York Times, "When You Give Your House Keys to a Stranger," 16 Aug. 2019 By then, however, the event’s announced headliners, from newbies like Miley Cyrus to Yasgur’s Farm O.G.s like Country Joe McDonald, were bailing right and left. Tom Carson, Los Angeles Times, "Woodstock glorified them. Tarantino barbecued them. In 2019, whither the hippie?," 15 Aug. 2019 The Twisted Shrimp is a shrimp-heavy adventure in Keys cuisine and a welcome newbie with instant Keys karma. Bob Rountree,, "Florida Keys: Road food landmarks on the Overseas Highway," 1 Aug. 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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