Definition of greenhorn in US English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But China would probably prefer to deal with a known quantity than a greenhorn.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was kind of bad for awhile till we got to know people and speak the language and quit being called greenhorns.’
    • ‘There are step-by-step instructions to help you if you are a greenhorn.’
    • ‘A greenhorn like you would just slow down the process.’
    • ‘This is where one takes the first step as a greenhorn management trainee.’
    • ‘One greenhorn even made his investment by post after reading an Internet advert and receiving some expensive color brochures.’
    • ‘Her exalted position did not stop her from committing the sort of blunders which would have embarrassed even a political greenhorn.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In 1997 I was a greenhorn summer intern at The New Republic.’
    • ‘In the US, even non-pros often know and play to a strict basic strategy: playing hunches is the mark of a greenhorn.’
    • ‘As the only greenhorn aboard, I wasn't too concerned and thought this would be a good time to grab a snack.’
    • ‘This is no revelation to a seasoned investigator, but to the greenhorn, it can be a little overwhelming.’
    • ‘I was the greenhorn, the kid who had to do it all by himself, learn it all by himself.’
    • ‘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.’
    novice, beginner, starter, tyro, neophyte, new recruit, raw recruit, fledgling, new boy, new girl, novitiate
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