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

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Cunningham led the Houston defense with eight tackles, including his first sack since his rookie season in 2017. Mark Inabinett |, al, "State NFL Roundup: Kwon Alexander busy in 49ers’ win," 16 Sep. 2019 These adjustments earned him high marks in his fitness testing and allowed him to enter his first training camp since his rookie season three years ago injury-free. Jenna Ortiz, azcentral, "Arizona Coyotes' Jakob Chychrun gets back to work while Oliver Ekman-Larsson is day-to-day," 13 Sep. 2019 Bochy said of Posey, who hit sixth for the first time since his rookie season in 2010. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Tyler Beede leads the way, three Giants rookies combine to shut out Marlins," 13 Sep. 2019 Jones, coming off a disappointing rookie season, ran for 75 yards against the 49ers, finally showing signs of why he was selected in the second round of the 2018 draft. Steve Reed,, "Panther Gerald McCoy vows not to get overhyped for matchup with Bucs," 11 Sep. 2019 Gordon, 26, was set to make $5.605 million this season, which is the last of his rookie deal. Scooby Axson,, "Report: Melvin Gordon's Holdout Could Last Until November," 8 Sep. 2019 One is Don Muhlbach, who has been with the Lions since his rookie season in 2004. Scott Patsko,, "Charley Hughlett stories you should know, now that he’s a Browns captain," 8 Sep. 2019 Mayfield excelled, setting a new NFL record for the most touchdown passes thrown by a quarterback in his rookie season with 27. Fortune, "Could Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham, Jr. Be Worth More to Cleveland Than LeBron?," 7 Sep. 2019 The Rams have already exercised the fifth-year option on his rookie deal for 2020. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Los Angeles Rams, Jared Goff agree to four-year contract extension," 3 Sep. 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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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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