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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As the only greenhorn aboard, I wasn't too concerned and thought this would be a good time to grab a snack.’
    • ‘This is where one takes the first step as a greenhorn management trainee.’
    • ‘In the US, even non-pros often know and play to a strict basic strategy: playing hunches is the mark of a greenhorn.’
    • ‘It's enough to put the fear of god into a lily-livered greenhorn like myself.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A greenhorn like you would just slow down the process.’
    • ‘But China would probably prefer to deal with a known quantity than a greenhorn.’
    • ‘It was kind of bad for awhile till we got to know people and speak the language and quit being called greenhorns.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In 1997 I was a greenhorn summer intern at The New Republic.’
    • ‘I was the greenhorn, the kid who had to do it all by himself, learn it all by himself.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One greenhorn even made his investment by post after reading an Internet advert and receiving some expensive color brochures.’
    novice, beginner, starter, tyro, neophyte, new recruit, raw recruit, fledgling, new boy, new girl, novitiate
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