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or tiro

[tahy-roh] /ˈtaɪ roʊ/
noun, plural tyros.
a beginner in learning anything; novice.
Origin of tyro
First recorded in 1605-15, tyro is from the Latin word tīrō recruit
Related forms
[tahy-ron-ik] /taɪˈrɒn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
neophyte, learner. Unabridged
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  • There is, I fear, no feature whereby the tyro can distinguish an eagle as it soars overhead high in the heavens.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • But this highly dangerous work had better not be attempted by the tyro.

    Practical Taxidermy Montagu Browne
  • An unsightly, melancholy little spectacle to which the tyro's young heart went out in prompt pity.

    Little Miss Grouch Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • 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
  • Habituation to a rough, quick-action life had taught the tyro to keep his wits, his temper, and his speech.

    Little Miss Grouch Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • Any tyro in the logics will tell thee that the onus of proving lies with the accuser.

  • When the tyro feels that he cannot go further, it is generally because he does not see further.

  • "I think he's calling to you," said the tyro in the girl's ear.

    Little Miss Grouch Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • No tyro basks and takes his ease in his presence, but is instantly put on trial and must answer or be disgraced.

    Expository Writing Mervin James Curl
  • The tyro led her over to a deck-chair and made her sit down.

    Little Miss Grouch Samuel Hopkins Adams
British Dictionary definitions for tyro


noun (pl) -ros
a novice or beginner
Derived Forms
tyronic, tironic (taɪˈrɒnɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin tīrō recruit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for tyro

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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