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[noo-bee, nyoo‐] /ˈnu bi, ˈnyu‐/
a newcomer or novice, especially an inexperienced user of the Internet or of computers in general.
1965-70, Americanism; perhaps newb(orn) + -ie Unabridged
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Examples from the web for newbie
  • Dozens of online forums and blogs contain all the information a newbie needs to get started.
  • The speed and simplicity of the recipes will appeal to newbie cooks, but kitchen pros will get a lot out of this book as well.
  • For now, those are questions for the experts, not the newbie.
  • For the newbie, there are few more inspiring places to first experience the outdoors.
  • Obviously, since the software is so simple, it will work for the seasoned veteran as well as the newbie.
  • If your adviser were an untenured newbie, changing might be feasible even a good idea.
  • Sometimes the professor-newbie dyad is required to meet once monthly or weekly, often over lunch.
  • But people are interconnected in ways that are not always obvious, especially to a newbie.
  • What's even better is seeing a newbie who sticks with the program for more than a month or so.
  • And lots of the newbie businesses being funded by accelerators seem to have dubious prospects.
British Dictionary definitions for newbie


(slang) a newcomer, esp in computing or on the internet
Word Origin
C20: origin unknown; possibly from new boy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for newbie

"newcomer, new person to an existing situation," by 1969, from new with diminutive or derogatory suffix. Perhaps originally U.S. military slang. Cf. noob. Middle English had newing "a new thing" (early 15c.); new was used as a noun meaning "naval cadet during first training on a ship" (1909); and newie "new thing" is recorded from 1947.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for newbie



A person new to computers and computer networks; computer neophyte: You'd copy it because you didn't want to seem like a newbie (read: clueless computer rookie)/ Newbies sometimes get flamed just because they are new (1990s+ Computer)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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newbie in Technology
/n[y]oo'bee/ (Sometimes shorted to "noob") Originally from British public-school and military slang variant of "new boy", an inexperienced user.
This term surfaced in the newsgroup news:talk.bizarre but is now in wide use. Criteria for being considered a newbie vary wildly; a person can be called a newbie in one group while remaining a respected regular in another. The label "newbie" is sometimes applied as a serious insult to a person who has been around for a long time but who carefully hides all evidence of having a clue.
[Jargon File]
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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