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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. any new participant in some activity;
[syn: newcomer, fledgling, fledgeling, starter, neophyte, freshman, newbie, entrant]


WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

newbie n 1: any new participant in some activity [syn: newcomer, fledgling, fledgeling, starter, neophyte, freshman, newbie, entrant]
The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):

newbie /n[y]oo'bee/, n. [very common; orig. from British public-school and military slang variant of ?new boy?] A Usenet neophyte. This term surfaced in the newsgroup talk.bizarre but is now in wide use (the combination ?clueless newbie? is especially common). Criteria for being considered a newbie vary wildly; a person can be called a newbie in one newsgroup while remaining a respected regular in another. The label newbie is sometimes applied as a serious insult to a person who has been around Usenet for a long time but who carefully hides all evidence of having a clue. See B1FF; see also gnubie . Compare chainik, luser.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

newbie noob /n[y]oo'bee/ (Sometimes shorted to "noob") Originally from British public-school and military slang variant of "new boy", an inexperienced user. This term surfaced in the newsgroup news:talk.bizarre but is now in wide use. Criteria for being considered a newbie vary wildly; a person can be called a newbie in one group while remaining a respected regular in another. The label "newbie" is sometimes applied as a serious insult to a person who has been around for a long time but who carefully hides all evidence of having a clue. See BIFF. [Jargon File] (2007-08-02)