variants or less commonly noobie
plural noobs also noobies
: a person who has recently started a particular activity : newbie
The Burning owes a lot to Friday the 13th, for obvious reasons, though it's now most-remembered for a cast that includes Holly Hunter, Fisher Stevens, and Jason Alexander, all showbiz noobs back in 1981.Cheryl Eddy
Parkour websites post daily homework in the form of push-ups and other exercises, and some veterans urge "noobies" not to show up for training sessions until they can run a good three miles.Alice Park

Examples of noob in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To see an athlete renowned for his intelligence and poise make an obvious mental error late in a race is a reminder that even the boss man was once a noob. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, 30 Mar. 2023 The average fitness noob doesn’t need to know much beyond the concepts of surplus, maintenance, and deficit. Nick Hilden, Popular Science, 10 Jan. 2023

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Word History


by shortening from noobie, spelling variant of newbie

First Known Use

1995, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of noob was in 1995

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Cite this Entry

“Noob.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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