an athlete playing his or her first season as a member of a professional sports team: The rookie replaced the injured regular at first base.
a raw recruit, as in the army or on a police force.
a novice; tyro.

1890–95; alteration of recruit; see -y2 Unabridged
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rookie (ˈrʊkɪ)
informal an inexperienced person or newcomer, esp a raw recruit in the army
[C20: changed from recruit]

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Word Origin & History

1892, "raw recruit," originally in Kipling's Barrack-Room Ballads, perhaps from recruit, influenced by rook (1) in its secondary sense, suggesting "easy to cheat."
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Example sentences
One was a rookie still fired up over one of his first arrests.
The question isn't who gets on the field as a rookie or even how much, but who's still there several seasons later.
Rookie controllers, antiquated equipment, and federal mismanagement combine to produce inefficiency and danger.
Their owners are less experienced in business, so may make rookie mistakes.
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