- an untrained or inexperienced person.
- a naive or gullible person; someone who is easily tricked or swindled.
- Slang. a newly arrived immigrant; newcomer.
Origin of greenhorn
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Examples from the Web for greenhorn
Only a greenhorn is careless of the comfort and welfare of his horse.Two Arrows
William O. Stoddard
But little fish are sweet, and he thought he had secured a greenhorn.Young Mr. Barter's Repentance
David Christie Murray
Besides, if you are a greenhorn, you act as if you know what you are about.'
He told us not to lean out of the windows, not to point, and explained the word "greenhorn."The Promised Land
I might have knowed it was some greenhorn, when I heard you coming two points off your course.Blow The Man Down
- an inexperienced person, esp one who is extremely gullible
- mainly US a newcomer or immigrant
C17: originally an animal with green (that is, young) horns
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Word Origin and History for greenhorn
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