tyro

Exam frequency

GRE

high

Banks

high

Civil Services

high

Meaning(s)

a beginner at something

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tyro - beginner

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A ‘tyro’ is a person who is new to or has very little experience of something. However, unlike many of its synonyms such as ‘rookie’ or ‘novice’, this word implies a certain amount of audacity and daring. When coupled with inexperience, such an attitude can lead to crudeness and errors, but it can also display nerve and character. Therefore, this word has both positive and negative connotations.

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Synonyms initiate,neophyte
Antonyms maven

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  1. Despite being new to the industry, Peter has taken to it like a duck to water. I look forward to seeing what this young tyro will produce in the future.

  2. She was very aggressive in her questioning of that senior politician. A tyro journalist such as her needs to learn to show some respect.

  3. I hate it when I get assigned to mentor one of the new tyros. They tend to be over-enthusiastic and ask far too many questions.

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