The word "novice" is derived from the Latin word "novus", meaning "new" or "fresh".
Contemporary synonyms include newbie or newb, amateur, green, beginner, guppy, and fresh meat. The words noob, n00b, or nub are sometimes used to describe people with little experience in something, though these words more accurately describe someone who remains incompetent despite large amounts of experience and training.
Though he was a novice in this game, he was eager to learn the ins and outs of the in-game economy from more experienced players.
Sally's poor marksmanship was understandable, because she was a novice and had never fired a gun before.
The novice girls talked trash about her in the locker room, they need to learn respect for varsity rowers.
The novice men crashed into that floating log, their coxin was too busy looking at a duck and bragging about how he looks like a sophmore not a freshman to notice anything else.