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 The Washington Redskins on Monday named rookie Dwayne Haskins their starting quarterback for the rest of the season., "Dwayne Haskins," 12 Nov. 2019 Yordan Alvarez of the Houston Astros won the American League award for rookie of the year in a unanimous vote. Kevin Armstrong, New York Times, "Pete Alonso Becomes the 6th Met to Be Named Rookie of the Year," 11 Nov. 2019 The Wall Street firm may be at the cutting edge of finance, but its foray into consumer lending has been mired in rookie mistakes. Alex Webb And Elisa Martinuzzi | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "The Apple Card Is Sexist. Blaming the Algorithm Is Proof.," 11 Nov. 2019 Last Saturday in Orlando, with the offense scuffling and celebrated rookie Michael Porter Jr. still finding his basketball legs, Nuggets coach Michael Malone turned to Hernangomez for a spark. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Nuggets Journal: Juancho Hernangomez “one of the best teammates I’ve ever had”," 10 Nov. 2019 The Sullivan Arena had homegrown Scott Gomez, a two-time Stanley Cup winner and the NHL’s 2000 rookie of the year. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Friday night magic for Alaska hoops and hockey fans," 10 Nov. 2019 Those two rookies helped the Spartans to a season-best 275 rushing yards. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State's collapse to Illinois follows same old pattern in final minutes," 10 Nov. 2019 At the other end of the age range, Young has metamorphosised in his second season from aspiring rookie to all-out superstar. Ben Morse, CNN, "LeBron James and Trae Young set the NBA alight," 7 Nov. 2019 The Question Mid Double Cross features a red and blue colorway that Iverson wore throughout his rookie season. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Allen Iverson Celebrates His 'Question Mid Double Cross' Shoe Release With A Creative Workshop," 25 Oct. 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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15 Nov 2019

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“Rookie.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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