\ ˈnüb How to pronounce noob (audio) \
variants: or less commonly noobie \ ˈnü-​bē How to pronounce noobie (audio) \
plural noobs also noobies

Definition of noob

: 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

First Known Use of noob

1995, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for noob

by shortening from noobie, spelling variant of newbie

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about noob

Statistics for noob

Cite this Entry

“Noob.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

Comments on noob

What made you want to look up noob? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A More Exception(al) Quiz

  • hot dog  hot dog  hot dog  hot dog cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!