American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Slang An untrained or inexperienced recruit, as in the army or police.
- n. Slang An inexperienced person; a novice.
- n. Sports A first-year player, especially in a professional sport.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A recruit.
- n. An inexperienced recruit, especially in the police or armed forces.
- n. A novice.
- n. An athlete either new to the sport or to a team or in his first year of professional competition, especially said of baseball, basketball, hockey and American football players.
- n. UK A type of firecracker, used by farmers to scare rooks.
- adj. non-professional; amateur
- n. an awkward and inexperienced youth
- Perhaps alteration of recruit. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Posting a 3.83 ERA in less than half a season as a rookie is an impressive way to break into the major leagues.”
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“And yes, they have a potential franchise quarterback in rookie Matthew Stafford — and on this one, team officials are crossing their fingers.”
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“Every rookie that come into the league should want to win rookie of the year.”
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“David Nelson might not get a ton of gameplay, but when the rookie is needed, he has shown he can deliver, making some critical late-game catches both this week and last.”
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