noun am·a·teur \ˈa-mə-(ˌ)tər, -ˌtr, -ˌtyr, -ˌchr, -chər\

: a person who does something (such as a sport or hobby) for pleasure and not as a job

: a person who does something poorly : a person who is not skillful at a job or other activity

Full Definition of AMATEUR

:  one who engages in a pursuit, study, science, or sport as a pastime rather than as a profession
:  one lacking in experience and competence in an art or science
amateur adjective
am·a·teur·ish \ˌa-mə-ˈtər-ish, -ˈt(y)r-, -ˈchr-, -ˈchər-\ adjective
am·a·teur·ish·ly adverb
am·a·teur·ish·ness noun
am·a·teur·ism \ˈa-mə-ˌtər-ˌi-zəm, -ˌt(y)r-, -ˌchr-, -ˌchər-; -ˌtə-ˌri-, -ˌchə-ˌri-\ noun

Examples of AMATEUR

  1. She played soccer as an amateur before turning professional.
  2. These photos were taken by both amateurs and professionals.
  3. The people running that company are a bunch of amateurs.
  4. Only amateurs make this kind of mistake.

Origin of AMATEUR

French, from Latin amator lover, from amare to love
First Known Use: 1777

Synonym Discussion of AMATEUR

amateur, dilettante, dabbler, tyro mean a person who follows a pursuit without attaining proficiency or professional status. amateur often applies to one practicing an art without mastery of its essentials <a painting obviously done by an amateur>; in sports it may also suggest not so much lack of skill but avoidance of direct remuneration <remained an amateur despite lucrative offers>. dilettante may apply to the lover of an art rather than its skilled practitioner but usually implies elegant trifling in the arts and an absence of serious commitment <had no patience for dilettantes>. dabbler suggests desultory habits of work and lack of persistence <a dabbler who started novels but never finished them>. tyro implies inexperience often combined with audacity with resulting crudeness or blundering <shows talent but is still a mere tyro>.


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