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
  1. noun
    a recent arrival
    “he's a newcomer to Boston”
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    a newcomer to Hawaii
    type of:
    arrival, arriver, comer
    someone who arrives (or has arrived)
  2. noun
    any new participant in some activity
    synonyms: entrant, fledgeling, fledgling, freshman, neophyte, newbie, starter
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    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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