A tyro is a beginner, a new recruit, or someone who is just learning something. If you are the new guy at the job and you're wearing a big dorky badge that says "Trainee" on it, you are a tyro.

Tyro isn't used much these days but it's similar to newbie, novice, or recruit. We have all been tyros at some point, but it doesn't necessarily prevent us from hazing the new kid, the next-generation tyro. Tyro can also be used as an adjective to describe someone new to a particular scene — such as "the tyro congressman" or "the tyro quarterback."

Definitions of tyro

n someone new to a field or activity

beginner, initiate, novice, tiro
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a novice learning the rudiments of some subject
apprentice, learner, prentice
works for an expert to learn a trade
cub, greenhorn, rookie
an awkward and inexperienced youth
landlubber, landsman, lubber
an inexperienced sailor; a sailor on the first voyage
entrant, fledgeling, fledgling, freshman, neophyte, newbie, newcomer, starter
any new participant in some activity
an inexperienced person (especially someone inexperienced in outdoor living)
someone who is being trained
cadet, plebe
a military trainee (as at a military academy)
printer's devil
an apprentice in a printing establishment
enlistee, recruit
any new member or supporter (as in the armed forces)
Type of:
unskilled person
a person who lacks technical training

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