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A newcomer is a person who is familiarizing himself with a subject or who is newly accepted into a community and who is not yet as familiar with it as people who have been in contact with it for a long time; other terms are 'beginner' and 'newcomer'.

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In the IT sector , the synonym newbie [ ˈnjuːbɪ ] is often used. As a newbie ( Engl. Portmanteau ) Thus a novice or beginner is related to computers designated, for example, in Internet forums or network communities ( newsgroups , online games , wikis or the BookCrossing ).

According to the Jargon File , the word newbie originally comes from the slang language of British schoolchildren and soldiers and is often used in conjunction with clueless newbie .

The term newbie is the general term used to describe a newcomer to computer games. The meaning and perception of the term fluctuates: Sometimes the term is used to specify a certain role character, sometimes it is also used humorously among friends.

Noob / Boon

Noob [ nʉb ] - or the synonymous variant Boon written backwards- is used depending on the context more or less derogatory in the sense of “bloody beginner with absolutely no idea”. In online computer games , the addressee is often denied knowledge of the basic rules of the game or the ability to play a helpful role.

The word is a spelling of n00b for Newb that has been transcribed back from the Leetspeak , which in turn represents a shortening of the term Newbie . In beginner-friendly environments, the term noob is usually avoided in favor of the more neutral newbie .

Another possible origin is the assembler command “NOP” or “NOOP”, which stands for “ no operation ”. Loosely translated, this stands for “doing nothing”.

Military and fraternities

The military , student associations and other hierarchical systems each have their own vocabulary to describe newcomers:

  • In the language of soldiers in Germany, various expressions are used, such as 'smooth', 'bald' ( due to the lack of military rank insignia on the shoulder), 'box', 'pussy', 'mouse', 'harvest helper', 'crooked finger' (from Carrying suitcases) and - now perhaps a bit out of fashion, but earlier on everyone's lips - 'Rotarsch' and 'Suitcase' because of the new names from a suitcase label.
  • In the jargon of the student associations: Fuchs , often also written 'Fux'


  • Newcomer:
    • New musicians or bands who make their first appearances, are played on the radio for the first time or are new to the hit parades are also called newcomers ( English new for 'new' and come for 'to come')
    • Likewise, young talents from the arts or sports are often referred to as newcomers .
  • Greenhorn: Greenhorn or green behind the ears is a term for newcomers. The word greenhorn is the English equivalent.
  • Apprentice: The craft apprentices hot traditional apprentice , colloquially trainee or pen .
  • Boy Scouts: In Boy Scout groups , newcomers are named differently depending on the age group they are in. Most simply newbie, partly wolf cub 'or cubs .
  • Rookie: As a rookie , athletes are called professionals in their first year. The term is mainly used in the United States.
  • Novice: Novice - in the ecclesiastical field the new member of a monastery or religious order  - is also the term used for newcomers in the context of initiation into religious or ideological teachings and in cognitive science . It is also used in relation to sexual practices .

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Wiktionary: Newbie  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations
Wiktionary: Newbie  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations
Wiktionary: Beginners  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations
Wiktionary: Newcomer  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations