- 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
Related Words for greenhornrube, tenderfoot, beginner, learner, colt, novice, recruit, neophyte, virgin, amateur, newcomer, hayseed, simpleton, babe, tyro, apprentice, naif, ingenue
Examples from the Web for greenhorn
Historical Examples of 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