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

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 Echols also had some advice for Gardner, which could easily be applied to any rookie on the roster. Cale Clinton, USA TODAY, 11 Aug. 2022 The Chiefs traded up to select him 21st overall in the 2022 NFL Draft, and the coaching staff has lauded the smarts and versatility of its 5-11, 193-pound rookie. Jeff Fedotin, Forbes, 10 Aug. 2022 The rookie tight end has been a training camp sensation for less than two weeks now, but word travels fast. Jonas Shaffer, Baltimore Sun, 8 Aug. 2022 The rookie did an admirable job fielding the kicks, especially considering the winds picked up later in the session. Jim Mcbride,, 8 Aug. 2022 Guard Brittney Sykes, who has scored in double figures for five straight games, noted the rookie’s fearlessness. Los Angeles Times, 8 Aug. 2022 Alexis, a rookie, has turned into the Reds’ most reliable reliever with a 1.94 ERA through 40 appearances with 53 strikeouts and 22 walks in 41 2/3 innings. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 8 Aug. 2022 Another young player who has consistently impressed in 1-on-1 drills is rookie defensive tackle Eric Johnson, a fifth-round pick with an explosive first step and remarkable quickness for a player listed a tick under 300 pounds. The Indianapolis Star, 8 Aug. 2022 The Steelers signed Moultry as a rookie free agent. Mark Inabinett |, al, 8 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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“Rookie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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