[green-hawrn] /ˈgrinˌhɔrn/

an untrained or inexperienced person.
a naive or gullible person; someone who is easily tricked or swindled.
Slang. a newly arrived immigrant; newcomer.
an inexperienced person, esp one who is extremely gullible
(mainly US) a newcomer or immigrant

mid-15c., “young horned animal,” from green (adj.) in sense of “new, fresh, recent” + horn (n.). Applied to new soldiers from c.1650; extended to any inexperienced person by 1680s.


An inexperienced person; newcomer; neophyte; rookie (1753+)


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