from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang One that is new to something, especially a novice at using computer technology or the Internet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A new user or participant; someone who is extremely new and inexperienced (to a game or activity). A beginner.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any new participant in some activity


From new (with b as in freebie).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Origin uncertain: perhaps an alteration of newie with intrusive B (compare freebie), perhaps a shortening of new boy or new beginner. Very likely originated in Newfoundland, where the term 'new boy' is quite common, and sounds like 'newbie' when spoken. (Wiktionary)


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  • Baby talk!! We already have adjectives: new and beginning, and nouns: novice, beginner, newcomer

    February 3, 2008