a.k.a. n00b, nub
Derives from newb
, origainally referring to new or unexperienced participants of online communities, at first specifically MMORPG
s, later also forums and other communities. While "newb" and "newbie" remained neutral, "noob" developed a negitive connotation.
a) incompetent online community participant (in some MMORPGs: gimp). Refers to participants who do not live up to general expectation.
b) immature online community participant. Typical characteristics of noobs in this sense are:
- excessive use of l33tsp33k
(although noobs are becoming increasingly aware that this marks them as noobs)
- deliberate misspelling and supposed typos
- excessive use of online vocabulary and acronyms (rofl
, noob (in the former sense or the word), ffs
- uncontroled urge to brag
- lack of sense of solidarity, apparent through unhelpful and often rude or deliberately annoying behaviour
- childish behaviour in gerneral