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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Even Nance -- and NBA star Chris Paul -- looked in awe of the imposing undrafted rookie who has become an immediate fan favorite. Chris Fedor,, "Dylan Windler makes strong impression on Larry Nance Jr., can’t help Cavaliers overcome Tacko Fall and Boston Celtics in 89-72 loss," 8 July 2019 As the crowd roared, the New York Mets rookie headed toward the mound and tightly squeezed his cousin and pitcher Derek Morgan, who had helped him win the All-Star Home Run Derby and $1 million. Tom Withers, Houston Chronicle, "Money Ball: Mets' Alonso wins HR Derby, $1M, tops Vlad Jr," 8 July 2019 Corey Clement One year later, the undrafted rookie Clement was huge for Philadelphia in a 41-33 win over the Patriots. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Was Rose Lavelle's World Cup showing the biggest performance by an ex-Badger ... ever?," 8 July 2019 Including Young’s relief appearance on Tuesday, the rookie has not allowed a hit in his past 8 1/3 innings pitched. Richard Morin, azcentral, "'Very excruciating': Diamondbacks' Torey Lovullo removes rookie Alex Young after six no-hit innings vs. Rockies," 7 July 2019 The Dodgers, who scored six runs in 4 1/3 innings against Paddack on May 14, got their first hit off the rookie Saturday with two outs in the fourth inning and loaded the bases with one out in the fifth. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Homers by Renfroe, Margot lift Padres past Dodgers in Paddack’s revenge," 7 July 2019 In all likelihood, the rookie will not be able to play in the Las Vegas Summer League. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "The Michael Porter Jr. show is canceled, but Nuggets still have plenty at stake at Summer League," 5 July 2019 The Heat also got solid bench play from Trey Mourning, the son of Heat icon Alonzo Mourning, with the undrafted rookie forward out of Georgetown closing with nine points. Ira Winderman,, "Herro, Robinson spark Heat in summer opener vs. Lakers," 2 July 2019 Kyrie Irving, the 2011 rookie of the year and one of the most creative shooters in the league. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "NBA free agency rumors: Latest buzz on Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving and more," 28 June 2019

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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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