A “rooky,” who had joined the company, stood on the dock disconsolately.
The sky had seemed to darken, the air to thicken, the birds to gather in the "rooky" wood.
: The shooting of ''rookie'' patrolman James A Broderick
A newcomer; recruit; tyro: the rookies and substitutes (1892+)
[probably fr shortening of recruit; perhaps fr the black, rook-colored coat worn by some British army recruits]