po·​et·​as·​ter | \ ˈpō-ə-ˌta-stər How to pronounce poetaster (audio) \

Definition of poetaster

: an inferior poet

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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.

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she's a poetaster whose verse never rises above what is found on greeting cards
Recent Examples on the Web But -aster words have never been particularly common, with the exception of poetaster, an inferior poet. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, "When good words turn bad," 28 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'poetaster.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of poetaster

1601, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for poetaster

New Latin, from Latin poeta + -aster -aster

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“Poetaster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poetaster. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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