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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Definitions for tyro

  1. a beginner in learning anything; novice.

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Citations for tyro
... that willingness to subject legends to the same hazing as any eager tyro fresh from a writing program is what gives the criticism of our age its vulgarity but also its vitality. Sam Sacks, "Canon Fodder: Denouncing the Classics," The New Yorker, May 23, 2013
What characterized them was the clumsiness of too great strength--the clumsiness which the tyro betrays when he crushes butterflies with battering rams and hammers out vignettes with a warclub. Jack London, Martin Eden, 1909
Origin of tyro
In Classical Latin tīrō (plural tīrōnēs) means “recruit, trainee, beginner.” In Medieval Latin the word is often spelled tȳrō (plural tȳrōnēs). English spelling has generally followed the Medieval spelling. The modern English plural has finally settled upon tyros or tiros. The word entered English in the early 1600s.