What Does NEWBIE Mean in a Text?

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The Quick Answer

NEWBIE (Inexperienced or new person) is used to describe a newcomer to an environment in which they have little or no previous experience.

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The term NEWBIE is commonly used in the gaming community or in online forums. Although the exact origin of NEWBIE is not known, it is thought to derive from US military slang from the 1960s, when, during the Vietnam War, troop reinforcements sent to Vietnam straight from training camps were referred to as "new blood" or "new boys" (and later contracted to NEWBIE). NEWBIE (or NEWB) should not be confused with NOOB or N00B, which are derogatory terms used to describe a new person who acts stupidly or disrespectfully in a gaming community or online forum.

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When I write NEWBIE, I mean this:

meaning of NEWBIE

A NEWBIE will often struggle to keep up when learning to play a new game.

Summary of Key Points

"Inexperienced or new person" is, by far, the most common meaning for NEWBIE when it is used in a text. (Bear in mind that it could have another meaning if used in a different context.)
Definition:Inexperienced or new person
Type:Slang Word (Jargon)
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

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Examples of NEWBIE in Sentences

Here are examples of NEWBIE in conversations:
  • Charlie: Who keeps shooting me in the back each time I support the left flank?
  • Jordan: It's the NEWBIE. Bear with him, he is still getting used to the game.
  • Charlie:Hey, guys. Can anyone tell me how to reply to a thread on here please? Sorry I'm a NEWBIE.
  • Jordan: Don't worry, I will send you a tutorial by private message.

An Academic Look at NEWBIE

NEWBIE is a portmanteau word, formed by amalgamating new and a contraction of blood or boy. SPEXY (from spectacles and sexy) 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 "rookie" or "beginner" instead of NEWBIE.

Example of NEWBIE Used in a Text

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