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’
    • ‘To the probies, he was not only a first-rate role model and teacher, he was also a friend and an older brother.’
    • ‘He had 20 years in the job so understandably his probies were pretty impressed that he knew who Puff Daddy was.’
    • ‘CNN's Deborah Feyrick has been following one of the probies through training.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I just don't understand why the sergeant in charge of this station doesn't get one of the new probies in.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Why a probie can't spend 2 minutes each morning doing a clean up is beyond me.’
    trainee, novice, apprentice, inexperienced worker, new recruit, learner, beginner, tyro, neophyte
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