Difference between novice, newbie and rookie

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Walker:
These words all can be used for a new comer or a biginner.

So what's the difference? Are there any other words with the same meaning?
TIA
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Mark Barratt:
[nq:1]These words all can be used for a new comer or a biginner. So what's the difference? Are there any other words with the same meaning?[/nq]
Well, there are 'newcomer' and 'beginner', for a start.

MW-Online at incorporates a 'thesaurus' - a list of words may may be synonymous with the word that you enter. Going there and entering "novice" returns the following:

Synonyms:
apprentice, beginner, boot, colt, fledgling, freshman, neophyte, newcomer, novitiate, prentice, punk, recruit, rookie, tenderfoot, tyro
Related Word:
amateur; cub; postulant, probationer; greenhorn, greeny; learner, student, trainee, undergraduate
Contrasted Words:
expert, pro, professional
Antonyms:
doyen, old hand, old-timer, veteran

Regards,
Mark Barratt
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