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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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  • You fellows, continued Don, turning to the two tyros, had better run along and watch me over the hurdles.

    For the Honor of the School Ralph Henry Barbour
  • They also understood the plains and mountains but were tyros at trapping.

    Black Beaver James Campbell Lewis
  • On the morning to which we referred in this chapter our two young friends started out, not as tyros, but as experienced fishers.

    The Cave by the Beech Fork Henry S. Spalding
  • The 'tyros young and old,' of whom Plato speaks, probably include both.

    Sophist Plato
  • This is one of the woodcock's best stratagems, and it succeeds ten times out of twelve, at least with the tyros among sportsmen.

  • Behind him trailed three comrades, two of whom, at least, were tyros in the art of horsemanship.

    To The Front Charles King
  • As is common with all tyros, he fancied a very little knowledge sufficient authority for very great theories.

    Satanstoe James Fenimore Cooper
  • There are laymen, tyros, neophytes, proficients and artists.

    The Lake of the Sky George Wharton James
  • Personal bravery is a quality which can stir and develop the best in tyros at the military game.

    John Brown Captain R. W. Campbell
British Dictionary definitions for tyros


noun (pl) -ros
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 tyros



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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