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)



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