greenhorn

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n greenhorn an awkward and inexperienced youth
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Greenhorn A raw, inexperienced person; one easily imposed upon.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n greenhorn A raw, inexperienced person; one unacquainted with the world or with local customs, and therefore easily imposed upon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Greenhorn a raw, inexperienced youth
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Quotations

  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
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    “The greenhorn is the ultimate victor in everything; it is he that gets the most out of life.”

Idioms

Greenhorn - A greenhorn or someone who is described simply as green lacks the relevant experience and knowledge for their job or task
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. gréne; Ger. grün, Dut. groen, green, Ice. grænn, allied to grow.

Usage

In literature:

But now I look at you, I see you're greenhorns.
"Gold" by Stewart White
Lot's mother would not let him carry a gun, but he had come to look on and see the "greenhorns" take their first lesson in the manual of arms.
"With Ethan Allen at Ticonderoga" by W. Bert Foster
They ain't nobody kin take me fur a greenhorn, not much they ain't!
"The Rushton Boys at Rally Hall" by Spencer Davenport
He was no greenhorn.
"Boys' Book of Frontier Fighters" by Edwin L. Sabin
But there is one appendage in particular which is quite apt to possess the mind of the greenhorn.
"Our campaign around Gettysburg" by John Lockwood
Your children would look down on you as a greenhorn, and laugh at your slips.
"The Crow's Nest" by Clarence Day, Jr.
Ansard, allow me to state that you are a greenhorn.
"Olla Podrida" by Frederick Marryat
I wasn't used to work of that sort and there didn't seem to be room, even in the woods, for a greenhorn.
"A Daughter of the Forest" by Evelyn Raymond
They sell 'em to greenhorns, still.
"The Boy With the U.S. Miners" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
He took the Greenhorn road, and he was ridin' middlin' slow.
"Stepsons of Light" by Eugene Manlove Rhodes
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In poetry:

A hundred heralds she sent out
To summon in her slight all doughty men
Whose force might fit
Shape of her sleep, her thought-
None of that greenhorn lot matched her bright crown.
"The Queen's Complaint" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

Eric Burdon and the Greenhornes.
Check Greenhorn 's Facebook page for updates.
Rick Perry's greenhorn schools chief.
A total of 45 participants, the largest of the season, competed in the third and final race of the YMCA Mountain Bike Series at Upper Greenhorn Park in Yreka Tuesday night.
Sept 13, 2012 12:09 p.m. YREKA – Sunday was a day of celebration at Upper Greenhorn Park for 24 participants of the Ford Family Foundation Cohort #5 Leadership Program.
The? Humbug Hurry-up mountain bike race will take place at Greenhorn Park in Yreka.
Filmmaker Lucien Castaing-Taylor talks to the Big Timber Pioneer newspaper about how a greenhorn from the United Kingdom came to film the last sheep drive in Montana's Absaroka Mountains.
Transplanted North Dakota cattle are thriving in Kazakhstan's cold climate, but many of the former Soviet republic's cowboys are still greenhorns.
Gnu's Greenhorn Games: Mount Seymour.
While his former bands the Greenhornes and the Soledad Brothers gained a certain amount of acclaim for their gritty garage rock, singer-guitarist Brian Olive is likely to earn more notoriety for his solo career.
Whether we are greenhorn growers or 15-handicap wannabes, understanding a couple of basic properties can save us a little heartache on the golf course and in the garden.
Jaws of Life Cut Woman out of Car on Greenhorn Road.
A woman had to be cut out of a car after an accident on Greenhorn Road, Saturday afternoon CHP Officer Jeff Pingree says the accident happened near Pine Peak Road, after the Grass Valley woman lost control of her 2000 Escalade.
Seattle Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson and St Louis ' greenhorn.
Gnu's Greenhorn Games: Sierra .
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