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 With Olynyk still out, Lyles and rookie Luka Garza spent time at center. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, 27 Nov. 2021 Whenever Williams returns to New York, he is often asked about his rookie year playing for the Knicks. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 27 Nov. 2021 The 49ers are most wary of Jefferson, 22, the 22nd overall pick last year who set an NFL rookie record for receiving yards (1,400). Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Nov. 2021 Temmu Selanne remains the game’s all-time rookie scorer with 132 points for the 1992-93 Winnipeg Jets. Globe Staff,, 27 Nov. 2021 Duarte set the Pacers' franchise record for most points in a rookie debut with 27 in a narrow loss at Charlotte on Oct. 20. James Boyd, The Indianapolis Star, 26 Nov. 2021 In more positive injury news, Harbaugh said rookie outside linebacker Daelin Hayes will return to practice soon and could play again this season. Childs Walker,, 26 Nov. 2021 Surpluses running in the billions of dollars will allow the rookie politician unusual freedom to pursue promises such as boosting education funding, establishing charter schools and giving raises to law enforcement. Washington Post, 26 Nov. 2021 But Prescott missed receiver Noah Brown on a third-down attempt, and so a back-to-back tackle for loss and sack by Cowboys rookie Micah Parsons weren’t enough to thwart the Raiders. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 26 Nov. 2021

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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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“Rookie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rookie

: a first-year player in a professional sport
: a person who has just started a job or activity and has little experience : beginner


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