Rookie - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈrʊki|  American pronunciation of the word rookie
Brit.  |ˈrʊki|  British pronunciation of the word rookie


- an awkward and inexperienced youth (syn: cub, greenhorn)


There are three rookies in the starting lineup.

an experienced policeman whose partner is a rookie

They have a rookie on the team who is fun to watch.

...a new pitcher who's pretty green, even by rookie standards...

The rookie player displayed great skill.

The veteran cop showed the rookie the ropes.

...though he's already attained star status, the rookie remains deferent to the team's veteran players...

the rookie made a brief appearance in the first period

Word forms

singular: rookie
plural: rookies
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