rookie etymology

English word rookie comes from English recruit, English -ie

Detailed word origin of rookie

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
recruit English (eng) (archaic) To replenish, renew, or reinvigorate by fresh supplies; to remedy lack or deficiency in. (biochemistry) To prompt a protein, leucocyte etc. to intervene in a given region of the body.. (dated, intransitive) To recuperate; to gain health, flesh, spirits, or the like. To enroll or enlist new members or potential employees on behalf of an employer, organization, sports team, military, [...]
-ie English (eng) (occasionally, sometimes, derogatory) Forming nouns signifying the person associated with suffixed noun or verb.. Forming diminutive or affectionate forms of nouns or names.
rookie English (eng) (British) A type of firecracker, used by farmers to scare rooks.. 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.. An inexperienced recruit, especially in the police or armed forces. Non-professional; amateur.

Words with the same origin as rookie

Descendants of recruit
Descendants of -ie
anyone auntie barbie birdie blondie bookie brownie cutie doggie girlie hottie junkie maggie movie one someone sweetie un wan yan yen young youth youthful