Definition of rookie in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrʊki/


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 a sports team in their first full season.
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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