Definition of probie in English:


(also proby)


  • A person, especially a firefighter, undergoing probation in a job.

    ‘an energetic probie at a firehouse in lower Manhattan’
    ‘a job that in the end draws no distinction between probie and veteran’
    • ‘The 33-year-old probie (a Navy vet who is married to a city cop) was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital.’
    • ‘Garrity provides a lot of the comic relief, as does the probie, Mike Siletti, who finds himself in a quite awkward situation after saving someone from a fire for the first time.’
    • ‘CNN's Deborah Feyrick has been following one of the probies through training.’
    • ‘I just don't understand why the sergeant in charge of this station doesn't get one of the new probies in.’
    • ‘Why a probie can't spend 2 minutes each morning doing a clean up is beyond me.’
    • ‘To the probies, he was not only a first-rate role model and teacher, he was also a friend and an older brother.’
    • ‘Last summer, he was still pretty new and he was cleaning up because that's what probies do, but he was doing it with a smile.’
    • ‘He had 20 years in the job so understandably his probies were pretty impressed that he knew who Puff Daddy was.’
    trainee, novice, apprentice, inexperienced worker, new recruit, learner, beginner, tyro, neophyte
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