Definition of poetaster
: an inferior poet
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Examples of poetaster in a sentence
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: 1601
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