What Does NEWB Mean?

NEWB (Inexperienced or new person) is a shortening of the term NEWBIE, which describes a newcomer to an environment in which they have little or no previous experience. NEWB is commonly used in online forums or in the gaming community.

NEWB probably comes from US military slang from the 1960s, when, during the Vietnam War, inexperienced troop reinforcements sent for combat were referred to as “new blood” or “new boys” (and later contracted to NEWBIE and, more recently, NEWB).

Summary of Key Points

"Newbie" is the most common definition for NEWB on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

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When I write NEWB, I mean this:

meaning of NEWB
NEWB is a shortened version of NEWBIE (or inexperienced newcomer).


Examples of NEWB in Sentences

Here are examples of NEWB being used in a conversation:
  • Person A: Someone watch out for the NEWB. We are up against some experienced opposition.
  • Jordan: Will do. We put him in the machine gun position so John’s team don’t make mincemeat of him before he can learn the game.

An Academic Look at NEWB

NEWB is a contraction of the portmanteau word NEWBIE, which is formed by amalgamating new and a contraction of blood or boy.

DOKE (from diet and coke) is another example of a portmanteau word.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "learner" or "beginner" instead of NEWB.

Example of NEWB Used in a Text


See Also

NIR (newbie in room) NOOBLET (young newbie) NUBE (alternate spelling of newbie or noob) WAN (what a newbie!) N4P (noob or newbie) NAB (noob or newbie) NOOB (inexperienced or new person) N00B (newbie) N4P (noob or newbie) NAB (noob or newbie) NEWBIE (inexperienced or new person)