When you show up at your first meeting of the local swim club and you're the only one who didn't bring a towel, it may be because you're a newcomer, or someone who's new at participating in a particular group.

When you're a newcomer, you're an outsider just joining an activity or group. There are a lot of great words that have the same meaning as newcomer, like neophyte, rookie, and Johnny-come-lately. One popular slang term for newcomer is newbie, which is often shortened on the Internet to noob.

Definitions of newcomer

n a recent arrival

“he's a newcomer to Boston”
a newcomer to Hawaii
Type of:
arrival, arriver, comer
someone who arrives (or has arrived)

n any new participant in some activity

entrant, fledgeling, fledgling, freshman, neophyte, newbie, starter
enlistee, recruit
any new member or supporter (as in the armed forces)
Type of:
beginner, initiate, novice, tiro, tyro
someone new to a field or activity

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