rook·​ie | \ ˈru̇-kē \

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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But that figure likely will grow by more than $10 million to include a $5.1 million 2020-21 team option on Bam Adebayo's rookie-scale deal, plus contracts for first-round picks in 2019 and 2020. Barry Jackson, miamiherald, "Here's how and when the Heat can be a free agent player again, and what Miami is trying to do about it," 10 July 2018 Former Texas Longhorns star Mo Bamba is also among the top 10 potential top rookies. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Mavericks aren't the only ones with high hopes for Luka Doncic," 10 July 2018 As with all rookie-scale contracts, the Magic will hold team options on Bamba for his third and fourth seasons. Josh Robbins,, "Orlando Magic sign Mohamed Bamba," 3 July 2018 Mahomes, who spent most of his rookie season in 2017 on the bench, leads the league in touchdown passes. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Behind the NFL’s Highest-Ever Scoring Season," 10 Oct. 2018 The good news is the Seahawks feel comfortable with his replacement, Jordan Simmons, an undrafted rookie free agent who filled in for Fluker in the game against the Rams in Los Angeles when Seattle rushed for a season-high 273 yards. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "What Pete Carroll said Monday: Good and bad news on Chris Carson, D.J. Fluker; Mychal Kendricks is back," 3 Dec. 2018 Williams will be part of the first operational mission of the Starliner, along with rookie astronaut Josh Cassada. Loren Grush, The Verge, "NASA veteran Sunita Williams tells us what it’s like to get ready to fly a new spacecraft," 12 Sep. 2018 Don’t make a rookie mistake and book back-to-back classes that are across campus from one another. Erin Nicole Celletti, Teen Vogue, "9 Tips for Scheduling College Courses," 31 Aug. 2018 However, since these ratings are only about how a player will perform in 2018 Barnwell points out no rookie tight end taking in the second round has produced a 700-yard season. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde5: More, uh, motivation as Dolphins RBs, WRs, rated 31st," 12 July 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

: 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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