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poetaster

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noun po·et·as·ter \ˈpō-ə-ˌtas-tər\

Definition of poetaster

  1. :  an inferior poet



Examples of poetaster in a sentence

  1. <she's a poetaster whose verse never rises above what is found on greeting cards>



Did You Know?

In Latin, the suffix -aster indicates partial resemblance. In both Latin and English, that often translates to "second-rate," or maybe even "third-rate." Not surprisingly, "poetaster" often goes hand in hand with doggerel, meaning "verse marked by triviality or inferiority." Are there are other kinds of "-asters" out there? Yes indeed - we have criticasters, philosophasters, and politicasters, among others.

Origin and Etymology of poetaster

New Latin, from Latin poeta + -aster -aster


First Known Use: 1599


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