new chum


Australian and NZ archaic, informal a recent British immigrant
Australian a novice in any activity
Australian (in the 19th century) a new arrival in a hulk

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Examples from the Web for new chum

Historical Examples of new chum

  • Apart from that, the new-chum is the incarnate comedy of colonial life.

  • Jolly good of you to have me; I know a new-chum isn't much use.

    Back To Billabong

    Mary Grant Bruce

  • Every one laughed, and looked at the new-chum affectionately.

    Back To Billabong

    Mary Grant Bruce

  • There is no talk of sending a new-chum out with sheep and bullocks now.

    The Old Bush Songs

    A. B. Paterson

  • An English new-chum made his appearance there lately—a most undefeated sportsman.

    Three Elephant Power

    Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson