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

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President Obama is clearly no street style rookie; look at the likes of Rihanna, Kendall Jenner, and more—the best place to show off your one-of-a-kind, custom pieces? Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Barack Obama’s Branded Bomber Jacket Is the Cool Daddy Look We’ve Been Dreaming Of," 21 Feb. 2019 The 23-year-old rookie, who is 4-1 with a 2.63 ERA in nine starts this season, has been on the disabled list since June 12. Adry Torres,, "Dodgers' 7th Homer Beats Mets In 11th," 24 June 2018 That’s because Young has taken after Westbrook in his rookie season. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "The Star With the Worst Shooting Season in NBA History," 14 Jan. 2019 Caroline Varner, a fellow public school teacher in Teachers 4 Social Justice, completed the rookie trifecta as the campaign treasurer. Jackie Fielder, Teen Vogue, "Gabriela López Just Became the Youngest Elected Official in San Francisco," 11 Jan. 2019 Longboat began racing in 1905 as a rookie and won his first Boston Marathon two years later. Mackenzie Cummings-grady, Billboard, "Google Doodle Celebrates Legendary Marathoner Tom Longboat," 4 June 2018 Otherwise, the Cardinals have a core of mostly anonymous receivers and an offensive line of rookies and castoffs from other teams after the starters, who weren’t much more effective, went down with injuries. Bob Baum, The Seattle Times, "Wilks even-keeled in what could be last week as Cards coach," 24 Dec. 2018 Williams was only a rookie and Correa was on unfamiliar ground playing on the inside. Mike Preston,, "Preston: Rebuilding the offense is fine, but the Ravens need to find pass rushers, too," 25 June 2018 He was drafted in 2010, the year before the new Collective Bargaining Agreement put limits on rookie contracts, and signed an initial five-year deal worth $18.3 million on April 22, 2010. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks Earl Thomas Q&A: What happens now? Did Seattle blow it?," 2 Oct. 2018

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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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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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