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

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 Woods -- a rookie tight end who has two career catches, both for touchdowns -- offered some words. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 26 Sep. 2022 Though the Texans have had trouble finishing, one player who hasn’t had a problem doing so is rookie running back Dameon Pierce. Mark Heim |, al, 25 Sep. 2022 His 52 home runs, in 2017, were a rookie a record, before Pete Alonso of the Mets broke it two years later. Sean Gregory, Time, 21 Sep. 2022 The Texans return quarterback Davis Mills, who will be joined by rookie running back Dameon Pierce. oregonlive, 11 Sep. 2022 Houston, meanwhile, will lean on rookie running back Dameon Pierce. Richard Morin, USA TODAY, 8 Sep. 2022 This springs rookie running back, Jerome Ford, for an 18-yard catch run on a second-and-9 play. Lance Reisland, cleveland, 25 Aug. 2022 In three months, the rookie tight end has ascended from a fourth-round pick raising eyebrows in OTAs to the third most important pass catcher on the team behind Mark Andrews and Rashod Bateman. Childs Walker, Baltimore Sun, 22 Aug. 2022 Marinaccio, a rookie right-hander, was referring to when teams visit the Blue Jays in Canada, where vaccination is required upon entry. New York Times, 21 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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30 Sep 2022

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“Rookie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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