Rookie vs Newcomer - What's the difference?

rookie | newcomer |

As a noun rookie

is an inexperienced recruit, especially in the police or armed forces.

As an adjective rookie

is non-professional; amateur.

As a proper noun newcomer is





(en noun)
  • An inexperienced recruit, especially in the police or armed forces.
  • A novice.
  • An athlete either new to the sport or to a team or in his first year of professional competition, especially said of baseball, basketball, hockey and American football players.
  • (British) A type of firecracker, used by farmers to scare rooks.
  • Synonyms

    * beginner * newbie, new boy * noob * tyro * novice * See also


  • non-professional; amateur
  • The game was going well until I made that rookie mistake.

    See also

    * naive * rooky (homophone)




    (en noun)
  • One who has recently come to a community; a recent arrival.
  • *
  • *:This new-comer was a man who in any company would have seemed striking. In complexion fair, and with blue or gray eyes, he was tall as any Viking, as broad in the shoulder.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=19 citation , passage=As soon as Julia returned with a constable, Timothy, who was on the point of exhaustion, prepared to give over to him gratefully. The newcomer turned out to be a powerful youngster, fully trained and eager to help, and he stripped off his tunic at once.}}
  • A new participant in some activity; a neophyte.
  • Synonyms

    * newbie * noob, (Internet slang)