Definition of greenhorn in English:



North American
  • A person who is new to or inexperienced at a particular activity.

    ‘I'm not a seasoned veteran, but I'm no greenhorn either’
    • ‘A greenhorn like you would just slow down the process.’
    • ‘One hundred and twelve days before, the nine of us greenhorns, just out of training schools, took our first combat crew training flight together at Dyersburg Army Air Base, Tennessee.’
    • ‘But China would probably prefer to deal with a known quantity than a greenhorn.’
    • ‘I think it's also good to mix a few vets in with some greenhorns, show 'em the ropes if you know what I mean.’
    • ‘The success of this British teenager, a greenhorn on the women's circuit and a newcomer to Indian conditions, can be attributed to self-belief and absence of pressure to perform.’
    • ‘They basically left me to do whatever I wanted and I was extremely lucky to have this sort of freedom right from the beginning when I was a greenhorn, because it was what I needed creatively, and it set me on a good path.’
    • ‘In 1997 I was a greenhorn summer intern at The New Republic.’
    • ‘This is no revelation to a seasoned investigator, but to the greenhorn, it can be a little overwhelming.’
    • ‘There are step-by-step instructions to help you if you are a greenhorn.’
    • ‘The 40-year-old has come a long way from the political greenhorn that he was when he contested his first general election without a poster campaign.’
    • ‘It's enough to put the fear of god into a lily-livered greenhorn like myself.’
    • ‘Liz, the greenhorn TV journalist in Correspondent, struggles to maintain her identity and ideals in the face of imminent danger, horrifying atrocities and an indifferent newsroom.’
    • ‘In the US, even non-pros often know and play to a strict basic strategy: playing hunches is the mark of a greenhorn.’
    • ‘Her exalted position did not stop her from committing the sort of blunders which would have embarrassed even a political greenhorn.’
    • ‘I knew I looked like a complete greenhorn in front of him, and it was slightly embarrassing.’
    • ‘One greenhorn even made his investment by post after reading an Internet advert and receiving some expensive color brochures.’
    • ‘I was the greenhorn, the kid who had to do it all by himself, learn it all by himself.’
    • ‘This is where one takes the first step as a greenhorn management trainee.’
    • ‘It was kind of bad for awhile till we got to know people and speak the language and quit being called greenhorns.’
    • ‘As the only greenhorn aboard, I wasn't too concerned and thought this would be a good time to grab a snack.’
    novice, beginner, starter, tyro, neophyte, new recruit, raw recruit, fledgling, new boy, new girl, novitiate
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