See also: Tyro


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From Latin tīro (young soldier, recruit).



tyro (plural tyros or tyroes)

  1. A beginner; a novice. [from 17th c.]
    • 1826, Mary Shelley, The Last Man:
      I ask if in the calm of their measured reveries, if in the deep meditations which fill their hours, they fill the ecstasy of a youthful tyro in the school of pleasure.
    • 1857, The Confidence-Man by Herman Melville, included in The Portable North American Indian Reader, New York: Penguin Books, 1977, page 525,
      Master of that woodland-cunning enabling the adept to subsist where the tyro would perish...
    • 1931, H. P. Lovecraft, The Whisperer in Darkness, chapter 5:
      The text, though, was marvellously accurate for a tyro’s work; and I concluded that Akeley must have used a machine at some previous period—perhaps in college.
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 171:
      Alliance with the equally youthful Jean-le-Rond d'Alembert, tyro mathematician of genius and darling of the Parisian salons, led to the two men commissioning articles for the new venture straight away [...].


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