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A newbie is a newcomer to a particular field, the term being commonly used on the Internet, where it might refer to new, inexperienced, or ignorant users of a game, a newsgroup, an operating system or the Internet itself.

The term is generally regarded as an insult, although in many cases more experienced/knowledgeable people use it in purposes of negative reinforcement, urging 'newbies' to learn more about the field or area in question.

Variant spellings, such as newb, nube, noob, and, in Leetspeak, n00b are numerous and common in Internet use.

The term newbie itself is usually used to refer to a person who is new to the field in question, whereas n00b is used as an insult.

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