dabbler

noun dab·bler \ -b(ə-)lər \

Definition of dabbler

:one that dabbles: such as
a :one not deeply engaged in or concerned with something
b :a duck (such as a mallard or shoveler) that feeds by dabbling called also dabbling duck, puddle duck, river duck

Examples of dabbler in a Sentence

  1. he was a dabbler, learning the basics of many arts but mastering none

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First Known Use of dabbler

1611

Synonym Discussion of dabbler

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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