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tyro

or tiro

[tahy-roh] /ˈtaɪ roʊ/
noun, plural tyros.
1.
a beginner in learning anything; novice.
Origin of tyro
1605-1615
First recorded in 1605-15, tyro is from the Latin word tīrō recruit
Related forms
tyronic
[tahy-ron-ik] /taɪˈrɒn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
Synonyms
neophyte, learner.
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  • A tyro in the art of war could see that much of the strategy that was going on.

    Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
  • Any tyro in the logics will tell thee that the onus of proving lies with the accuser.

  • To the Wondrous Vision he said something which caused her to glance over at the tyro.

    Little Miss Grouch Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • The tyro she allowed to stand, vouchsafing him only the most careless recognition.

    Little Miss Grouch Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • As an object of redress the tyro struck him as eminently suitable.

    Little Miss Grouch Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • The tyro extracted a bill from his modest roll and handed it over.

    Little Miss Grouch Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • "My name's not Daddleskink," the tyro informed him morosely.

    Little Miss Grouch Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • "Well, I suppose—that is—I thought perhaps you—" floundered the tyro, reddening.

    Little Miss Grouch Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • At sight of the tyro, his joke which he had so highly esteemed, returned to his mind.

    Little Miss Grouch Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • The tyro struck at his bigger opponent, the blow falling short.

    Little Miss Grouch Samuel Hopkins Adams
British Dictionary definitions for tyro

tyro

/ˈtaɪrəʊ/
noun (pl) -ros
1.
a novice or beginner
Derived Forms
tyronic, tironic (taɪˈrɒnɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin tīrō recruit
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Word Origin and History for tyro
n.

1610s, from Medieval Latin tyro, variant of Latin tiro (plural tirones) "young soldier, recruit, beginner," of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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