from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Slang An untrained or inexperienced recruit, as in the army or police.
- n. Slang An inexperienced person; a novice.
- n. Sports A first-year player, especially in a professional sport.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An inexperienced recruit, especially in the police or armed forces.
- n. A novice.
- n. 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.
- n. A type of firecracker, used by farmers to scare rooks.
- adj. non-professional; amateur
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A recruit.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an awkward and inexperienced youth
Perhaps alteration of recruit.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From recruit and -ie, thought to be an alteration of recruit, another reasonable origin is Dutch broekie (short for broekvent ("a boy still in short trousers")), a common term for a shipmate. (Wiktionary)