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1. Lack of experience.
2. Lack of the knowledge gained from experience.

in′ex·pe′ri·enced adj.
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lack of experience or of the knowledge and understanding derived from experience
ˌinexˈperienced adj
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(ˌɪn ɪkˈspɪər i əns)

1. lack of experience.
2. lack of knowledge, skill, or wisdom gained from experience.
[1590–1600; < Late Latin]
in`ex•pe′ri•enced, adj.
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babe in the woods A naive, unsuspecting person; one easily duped or victimized. Attempts to trace the term to a popular pantomime story well-known in Norfolk, England, are unconvincing. The conventional figurative associations of both babe (innocence, ingenuousness) and woods (complexity, darkness) seem explanation enough; the phrase’s origin remains unknown.

first-of-May Novice, inexperienced, uninitiated. This expression dates back to the early part of this century when circuses toured the country throughout the late spring, summer, and fall. After the winter layover, the circus had to hire many new laborers and performers to assure that the tour would run smoothly and successfully. Generally, these people would be hired by the first of May so that they could be trained before the tour began; hence the expression first-of-May.

These first-of-May guys are a little off time. (R. L. Taylor, in The New Yorker, April 19, 1952)

greenhorn An unsophisticated, inexperienced, or naive person; a dupe or fall guy; an immigrant or newcomer, an uninformed person. In the 15th century greenhorn applied to a young ox whose horns had not yet matured. By the 1700s the word referred to a raw, inexperienced person, and not until the turn of the century did greenhorn mean ‘immigrant.’ Today the term is most often used contemptuously to refer to any novice or unsuspecting person.

I suppose you are not hoaxing us? It is, I know, sometimes thought allowable to take a greenhorn in. (Sir H. Rider Haggard, King Solomon’s Mines, 1885)

little Lord Fauntleroy A naive and unsophisticated child of gentle nature; an impeccably mannered and fastidiously dressed child. This eponym comes from the hero of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel Little Lord Fauntleroy (1885). It is usually employed in an ironic tone, as in the following:

Some little Lord Fauntleroy who had just found out there were rotters in the world. (D. Powell, Time to be Born, 1942)

Fauntleroy can also stand alone as an adjective describing a particular style of children’s dress or hair style popularized in the book.

Myself aged seven—thicklipped, Fauntleroy-haired. (Dylan Thomas, Letters, 1933)

live in cotton wool To be naive, to lead a sheltered, protected existence. Cotton wool or absorbent cotton is the kind used as padding or wadding. In this British colloquial expression it symbolizes insulation from the harsh realities of life. The phrase was used earlier as a metaphor for superfluous comfort or luxury—insulation, once again, from the difficulties of everyday life.

Letty would never be happy unless she lived in clover and cotton-wool. (Dinah M. Mulock, The Woman’s Kingdom, 1869)

low man on the totem pole See STATUS.


salad days See AGE.

tenderfoot A greenhorn, a novice; a raw, inexperienced person.

We saw a man in Sacramento when we were on our way here, who was a tenderfoot, or rawheel, or whatever you call ’em, who struck a pocket of gold. (American Speech, 1849)

This term originated in the American West where it was used to describe newcomers unaccustomed to the hardships of rugged life. It now applies to a person inexperienced in any area or endeavor.

wet behind the ears Immature, inexperienced, green; naïve, unsophisticated, innocent; also not dry behind the ears.

Married! You’re still wet behind the ears. (Ben Ames Williams, It’s a Free Country, 1945)

At birth most animals are literally wet from the amniotic fluid previously surrounding them. The recessed area behind the ears is one of the last to become dry.

They aren’t dry behind the ears, so to speak, but still believe in Santa Claus. (The Chicago Daily News, August, 1945)

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.inexperience - lack of experience and the knowledge and understanding derived from experience; "procedural inexperience created difficulties"; "their poor behavior was due to the rawness of the troops"
ignorance - the lack of knowledge or education
experience - the accumulation of knowledge or skill that results from direct participation in events or activities; "a man of experience"; "experience is the best teacher"
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noun unfamiliarity, ignorance, newness, rawness, greenness, callowness, unexpertness the youth and inexperience of his staff
"You cannot put an old head on young shoulders"
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Lack of experience and the knowledge gained from it:
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[ˌɪnɪksˈpɪərɪəns] Ninexperiencia f, falta f de experiencia
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[ˌɪnɪkˈspɪəriəns] ninexpérience f, manque m d'expérience
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nUnerfahrenheit f, → Mangel man Erfahrung; his inexperience with our systemseine mangelnde Vertrautheit mit unserem System
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[ˌɪnɪksˈpɪərɪəns] ninesperienza
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(inikˈspiəriəns) noun
lack of experience or skilled knowledge. He seems good at the job in spite of his youth and inexperience.
ˌinexˈperienced adjective
lacking knowledge, skill and experience. Inexperienced climbers should not attempt this route.
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n. inexperiencia, sin experiencia.
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"Inexperience," repeated Margaret, in serious yet buoyant tones.
With that he requested me to give his proposal my favourable consideration--saying that he would not like me to take such an important step unguardedly, since want of thought and impetuosity often spelt ruin to youthful inexperience, but that he hoped to receive an answer in the affirmative.
Without supposing the personal essentiality of the man, it is evident that a change of the chief magistrate, at the breaking out of a war, or at any similar crisis, for another, even of equal merit, would at all times be detrimental to the community, inasmuch as it would substitute inexperience to experience, and would tend to unhinge and set afloat the already settled train of the administration.
I tried to feel an equal rage against the woman, but somehow I could not, and kept searching for excuses for her--her youth, her inexperience, her savagery.
Blifil, from his inexperience in the ways of women, and from his conceit of himself, took this behaviour for a modest assent to his courtship; and when, to shorten a scene which she could no longer support, Sophia rose up and left the room, he imputed that, too, merely to bashfulness, and comforted himself that he should soon have enough of her company.
Here, again, Magdalen's inexperience betrayed itself -- and here once more her resolution in attacking and conquering her own mistakes astonished everybody.
This is the only time I have ever had an Empress under my personal protection; and considering my inexperience, I wonder I got through with it so well.
His demands and your inexperience together, on a small, very small income, must have brought on distresses which would not be the LESS grievous to you, from having been entirely unknown and unthought of before.
I am fully aware that among the many excellent principles which they exemplify, they carry strong marks of the haste, and still stronger of the inexperience, under which they were framed.
He had been used to regarding his comrade as a blatant child with an audacity grown from his inexperience, thought- less, headstrong, jealous, and filled with a tinsel courage.
Her thin legs, visible below her once long frock now short by her growing, and her uncomfortable hands and arms, revealed her youth and inexperience.
These reasons were the treachery of the Austrians, a defective commissariat, the treachery of the Pole Przebyszewski and of the Frenchman Langeron, Kutuzov's incapacity, and (it was whispered) the youth and inexperience of the sovereign, who had trusted worthless and insignificant people.