\ ˈbu̇sh-ˌlēg How to pronounce bush-league (audio) \

Definition of bush-league

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: being of an inferior class or group of its kind : marked by a lack of sophistication or professionalism

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bush leaguer noun

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Not to be outdone, Richard Mille, grand master of alternative material innovation, is at the final stage of crafting a watch case from a material that relegates even unobtanium to the bush leagues by its sheer badassitude. Wei Koh, A-LIST, "How the Watch Industry Plundered the Periodic Table," 3 Apr. 2018 The other maddening thing is that the Zinke scandal seems almost bush league in the swampy World Series of corruption that is Donald Trump’s Washington. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "With epic corruption in D.C., the fish stinks from the head | Will Bunch," 5 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of bush-league


1908, in the meaning defined above


1902, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bush-league was in 1902

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English Language Learners Definition of bush-league

US, informal : of very low quality

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