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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.2000 in gamer slang, variant of newbie; often used interchangeably with it, but also often with a more derogatory shade of meaning; newbies owe their clueless behavior to lack of experience and can improve, while the fundamental characteristic of noobs is incorrigible obnoxiousness or stupidity.


n. (context Internet slang pejorative English) A newb or newbie; refers to the idea that someone is new to a game, concept, or idea; implying a lack of experience. Also, in some areas the word noob can mean someone is obsessed with things.

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Superior housing can also be secured for reasonable fees, as evidenced atop Noob Hill.

Some of those living on Noob Hill can afford to purchase forward passage with private transport companies, but not everyone is so fortunate.