Definition of rookie in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈro͝okē/


1A new recruit, especially in the army or police: [as modifier]: a rookie cop
More example sentences
  • Even a rookie police officer could see he was involved with the other assassins.
  • We were presented with NYPD sleeve patches, shown around the police museum, visited the Police Academy where rookies were trained, and shown their incident vehicles.
  • Tracking down a horrifying killer, a rookie cop discovers what it is like for the hunter to become the hunted.
1.1A member of an athletic team in his or her first full season in that sport.
Example sentences
  • Naturally, he is adept at organizing hockey camps and schools - an invaluable skill to have for a coach of a team that featured 12 rookies this season.
  • Many of our team members were rookies, myself included.
  • Although many of the current players are former athletes, others are rookies not only to football but to sports in general.


Late 19th century: perhaps an alteration of recruit, influenced by rook1.

Words that rhyme with rookie

bookie, cookie, hookey, hooky, nooky

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Syllabification: rook·ie

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