rook·​ie | \ ˈru̇-kē How to pronounce rookie (audio) \

Definition of rookie

1 : recruit also : novice
2 : a first-year participant in a major professional sport

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Examples of rookie in a Sentence

There are three rookies in the starting lineup. an experienced policeman whose partner is a rookie
Recent Examples on the Web Newsome’s four-year rookie contract is expected to be about $12.748 million, including a $6.631 million signing bonus. cleveland, 10 June 2021 The 2018 first-round pick has two years remaining on his rookie contract and will make $2.3 million next season. oregonlive, 10 June 2021 Fields is the sixth draft pick to sign his rookie contract with the Bears. Colleen Kane,, 10 June 2021 Rodgers isn't the first Packers quarterback to hold out (technically Rodgers himself briefly held out before signing his rookie contract). Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 June 2021 Andrews, entering the fourth and final year of his rookie contract, could’ve passed on the voluntary workouts, could’ve worked out safely back home in Arizona. Jonas Shaffer,, 9 June 2021 Payne has a base salary of $2,446,140 for 2021 in the final season of his four-year rookie contract. Mark Inabinett |, al, 9 June 2021 Parsons, the 12th pick overall, becomes the seventh Cowboys draft pick to sign his rookie contract. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, 9 June 2021 Doncic is still on his rookie contract, and is scheduled to earn $10.1 million for the 2021-22 season—a steal for a player of his caliber. Doyle Rader, Forbes, 7 June 2021

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First Known Use of rookie

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rookie

perhaps alteration of recruit

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Last Updated

14 Jun 2021

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“Rookie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rookie

chiefly US
: a first-year player in a professional sport
: a person who has just started a job or activity and has little experience


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