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 Smith played in 18 games as a rookie before season-ending ankle surgery. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix Mercury depart Monday for WNBA season in Florida," 4 July 2020 He’s likely headed for backup duty behind Carson Wentz as a rookie. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Cam Newton arrives in New England – in stripes – to complete NFL QB circle," 4 July 2020 Senzel, the second pick overall in the 2016 draft, hit .256 with 12 home runs and 42 RBI over 104 games as a rookie. John Fay, The Enquirer, "Nick Senzel admits he wasn't going to be ready for Opening Day but says he's 100 percent now," 3 July 2020 As a rookie, Njoku caught 32 passes for 386 yards and four TDs, and in 2018, caught 56 passes for 639 yards and four touchdowns. cleveland, "David Njoku’s new agent Drew Rosenhaus asks Browns to trade him by start of camp, but they want to keep him, source says," 3 July 2020 Fellow 2018 draft class member Kelsey Mitchell boosted her 3-point totals from 70 as a rookie to 79 last season, good for second in the WNBA. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, "Coronavirus ended her initial comeback, but Victoria Vivians is eager for second year in WNBA," 29 June 2020 McCourt led the Wings in scoring as a rookie and was runnerup behind Mike Bossy for the Calder Trophy, and played four-and-change seasons with the Wings. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "NHL draft lottery countdown: Will Detroit Red Wings finally luck out and pick first?," 25 June 2020 And that group instilled in the 1990s’ players the same thoughts, which led to the 10-month strike over a salary cap. Like Grieve in 1972, Rusty Greer was a rookie in 1994 as the strike approached. Dallas News, "When it comes to work stoppages, MLB players are undefeated thanks to a key misunderstanding by owners," 16 June 2020 CBS Minnesota reported that Lane was not a complete rookie with the department; he was hired as a police cadet in February of 2019 and was promoted to a police officer in December 2019. CBS News, "Former officer charged in George Floyd's death leaves jail after posting bail," 11 June 2020

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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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The first known use of rookie was in 1868

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7 Jul 2020

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“Rookie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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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