A Noob is the most common slang used in massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs). It originally meant "new player" (deriving from the term 'newb' or 'newbie') though is now used as a general insult, often depicting inexperience and/or stupidity. Although some players may take offence at the term, it is not reportable in RuneScape.
The word "noob" is often used as a last resort insult from players. If there is a disagreement, it will also often be used when the player can think of no alternatives. The word can also be used to show stupidity (for example, someone may call a player a noob if he does not understand things). Though the term was originally used as a description for newer players, it is now often used by both newer and more experienced players. Some people do not like the term noob. The word is often seen as being immature and often serves to degrade the player using the word, as well as the person it is aimed at.
The word noob might be used in the following situations.
- Player One: Can someone take me to a bank?
Player Two: No noob, go away.
- Player One: Free money please?
Player Two: No, shut up noob.
- Player One: No, I was hacked.
Player Two: Noob, you're such a liar.
- Player One: My main is Zezima.
Player Two: Noob, you lie.
As well as the word noob, other words exist to serve the same purpose. Some of these have slightly different meanings; however, for the most part, the words evolved from typos or just people choosing to use a different spelling.
- Froob (noob F2P; free-game newbie) or (A player that eats lots of food during battles)
- Boon or Choob (a player who has been playing for a long time but still acts like a new player or noob)
- Norb ("new orber" on FunOrb - see here for info)
- Noob is the 999,998th word in the English dictionary.
- ^ Duncan, Geoff (2009-06-10). And the Millionth English Word is...Web 2.0?. Lifestyle News. Digital Trends. Retrieved on 2009-10-17. “today the Global Language Monitor declared "Web 2.0" the 1 millionth English word or phrase... The phrase beat out "cloud computing," "slumdog," "noob" (no word on whether "n00b" was considered), and "Jai Ho!," which landed in the 999,996th, 999,997th, 999,998th, and 999,999th slots, respectively. "As expected, English crossed the 1,000,000 word threshold on June 10, 2009 at 10:22 am GMT," said Global Language Monitor's president and "chief word analyst" Paul JJ Payack, in a statement.”