rook·​ie ˈru̇-kē How to pronounce rookie (audio)
: recruit
also : novice
: 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 The two met in 2013, when Ohtani was an 18-year-old rookie for the Nippon-Ham Fighters in Hokkaido, and Mizuhara was a translator for American players. Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2024 The rookie helped the Chiefs win the 2024 Super Bowl in February. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 12 Apr. 2024 Jessie the rookie must shed her vulnerability (which Spaeny does, masterfully), while Lee the veteran must regain hers. Amy Nicholson, Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2024 The Dolphins likely will add another two or three edge rushers in the draft process — perhaps with one or two of their six draft picks, and then in the undrafted rookie free agent market afterward. Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, 8 Apr. 2024 The night belonged to Miller, even though the rookie deflected that responsibility after the game. Alex Zietlow, Charlotte Observer, 6 Apr. 2024 Corley is a former running back with 4.47-second speed in the 40 that could give Rams head coach Sean McVay some fun options for how to integrate him into the run game as a rookie. Adam Grosbard, Orange County Register, 3 Apr. 2024 Miller’s seven made 3-pointers established a new career high and tied the single-game franchise record for most by a rookie. Roderick Boone, Charlotte Observer, 28 Mar. 2024 Babe Ruth rookie card will be for grabs during Bonhams’s Fine Books and Manuscripts event, which will run online and in New York from March 31 to April 10. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 27 Mar. 2024

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Word History


perhaps alteration of recruit

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rookie was in 1868

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Cite this Entry

“Rookie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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rook·​ie ˈru̇k-ē How to pronounce rookie (audio)
: beginner, recruit
especially : a first-year player in a professional sport

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