freshman-ship

freshman

[fresh-muhn]
noun, plural freshmen.
1.
a student in the first year of the course at a university, college, or high school.
2.
a novice; beginner.
adjective
3.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a freshman: to outgrow one's freshman attitudes.
4.
lacking seniority or experience; junior: a freshman senator.
5.
required of or suitable for freshmen: freshman courses.
6.
initial; first: This is my freshman year with the company.

Origin:
1540–50; fresh + -man

freshmanship, noun
prefreshman, noun, plural prefreshmen.
subfreshman, noun, plural subfreshmen.


See -man.
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freshman
mid-16c., "newcomer, novice," from fresh (1) + man (n.). Sense of "university student in first year" is attested from 1590s. Related: Freshmen.
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