American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An inexperienced or immature person, especially one who is easily deceived.
- n. A newcomer, especially one who is unfamiliar with the ways of a place or group.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A raw, inexperienced person; one unacquainted with the world or with local customs, and therefore easily imposed upon.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A raw, inexperienced person; one easily imposed upon.
- n. an awkward and inexperienced youth
- Unconfirmed. Hypotheses include: (Wiktionary)
- Middle English greene horn, horn of a newly slaughtered animal : grene, green; see green + horn, horn; see horn. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“At the word greenhorn Abe Potash leaned forward and struck the table with his open hand.”
“Being a "greenhorn" -- i.e., just off the boat -- was a put down back when your professor, PT, was coming up.”
“A fool of a greenhorn was a-managin 'of the thing, an' this is the result.”
“I inquired what he meant, was first called a greenhorn for not knowing, and then had it explained to me.”
“Renee W. said, "Sometimes a greenhorn is a dark horse and even a nova.”
“For Jews in New York, eating in Chinese restaurants signified that one was not a provincial or parochial Eastern European Jew, not a "greenhorn" or hick.”
“Anyhow that means a sort of 'greenhorn' I suppose.”
“I can't no more wear my 'greenhorn' shawl going out with an American.”
“This new wave of hope swept aside the fact that she was the "greenhorn" janitress, that she was twenty-two and dowryless, and, according to the traditions of her people, condemned to be shelved aside as an unmated thing – a creature of pity and ridicule.”
“One of their favorite tricks was to persuade some "greenhorn" to act as surety for a loan.”
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