tyro was our Word of the Day on 04/24/2015. Hear the podcast!
Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP
Examples of tyro in a Sentence
Most of the people in the class were tyros like me.
he's a good musician, but at 14, he's still a tyro and has a lot to learn
Recent Examples of tyro from the Web
In supporting roles, Matthew Saldivar (as a crafty lawyer), Matthew Rauch (as a crude tyro on the rise) and Joey Slotnick (as the Boesky stand-in) at least have expressive physical presences.
Justice Smith, as a rap tyro named Ezekiel; the Hamilton Tony-winner Daveed Diggs playing Ezekiel's older self, performing lyrics by Nas.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'tyro.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Did You Know?
The word tyro is hardly a newcomer to Western language. It comes from the Latin tiro, which means "young soldier," "new recruit," or more generally, "novice." The word was sometimes spelled "tyro" as early as Medieval Latin, and can be spelled "tyro" or "tiro" in English (though "tyro" is the more common American variant). Use of "tyro" in English has never been restricted to the original "young soldier" meaning of the Latin term. Writers in the 17th and 18th centuries wrote of tyros in various fields and occupations. Herman Melville used "tyro" to refer to men new to whaling and life at sea. More recently, The New York Times Book Review and Rolling Stone used the noun attributively (that is, directly before another noun), referring to a "tyro sleuth" and a "tyro director," respectively.
Origin and Etymology of tyro
First Known Use: 1587See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of tyro
- a painting obviously done by an amateur
- remained an amateur despite lucrative offers
- had no patience for dilettantes
- a dabbler who started novels but never finished them
- shows talent but is still a mere tyro
TYRO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tyro for English Language Learners
: a person who has just started learning or doing something : a beginner or novice
Learn More about tyro
Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for tyro
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up tyro? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).