Origin of rookie
Examples from the Web for rookie
The Lion Air captain had left his rookie copilot to make the landing until he realized he was in trouble.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501|Clive Irving|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
They castigated the captain, a 48-year-old Indonesian, and his rookie copilot, a 24-year-old Indian.
One of the rookie officers, Peter Liang, was walking with a flashlight in one hand and his gun in the other.
A 28-year-old gunned down in a dark, New York City hallway by a rookie cop who apparently made a fatal mistake.
Still, he was locked into his rookie contract, and had to ride out two more dysfunctional seasons of the show.Ben McKenzie’s Journey From Reluctant Teen Idol on ‘The O.C.’ to Sheriff of ‘Gotham’|Marlow Stern|November 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Yet I am convinced that what will best control the Plattsburg rookie is the Plattsburg non-com.At Plattsburg|Allen French
To the rookie one of the most interesting things are the bugle calls.Private Peat|Harold R. Peat
Is it allowable, Sergeant, for a rookie to ask what this is all about?Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks|H. Irving Hancock
"Yes, Rookie darling," she said, in a tone of drowsy happiness.Old Crow|Alice Brown
It is customary, when a rookie has been made a non-com in training, to reduce him immediately when he gets to France.A Yankee in the Trenches|R. Derby Holmes
Word Origin for rookie
"raw recruit," 1892 in that spelling, popularized by Kipling's "Barrack-Room Ballads," of uncertain origin, perhaps from recruit, influenced by rook (n.1) in its secondary sense, suggesting "easy to cheat." Barrère ["A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant," 1890] has "Rookey (army), a recruit; from the black coat some of them wear," so perhaps directly from rook (n.1). Came into general use in American English during the Spanish-American War.
The rapid growth of a word from a single seed transplanted in a congenial soil is one of the curiosities of literature. Take a single instance. A few weeks ago there was not one American soldier in a thousand who knew there was such a word as "rookey." To-day there are few soldiers and ex-soldiers who have not substituted it for "raw recruit." ["The Midland Monthly," December 1898]