from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. an inexperienced person; a novice, beginner or newcomer
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A raw, inexperienced person; one easily imposed upon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A raw, inexperienced person; one unacquainted with the world or with local customs, and therefore easily imposed upon.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an awkward and inexperienced youth
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.