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amateur

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 being such only for recreation
  • an amateur cabinetmaker, he derives immense satisfaction from finely crafting his own furniture

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amateur

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Synonyms & Antonyms of amateur (Entry 2 of 2)

1 a person who regularly or occasionally engages in an activity as a pastime rather than as a profession
  • an amateur photographer who has won a number of photo contests

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2 a person who lacks experience and competence in an art or science
  • a homemade doghouse that looked like it was built by an amateur who hadn't mastered basic carpentry

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How does the noun amateur differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of amateur are dabbler, dilettante, and tyro. While all these words 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; in sports it may also suggest not so much lack of skill but avoidance of direct remuneration.

a painting obviously done by an amateur

remained an amateur despite lucrative offers

In what contexts can dabbler take the place of amateur?

While the synonyms dabbler and amateur are close in meaning, dabbler suggests desultory habits of work and lack of persistence.

a dabbler who started novels but never finished them

When is it sensible to use dilettante instead of amateur?

The words dilettante and amateur can be used in similar contexts, but 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

When might tyro be a better fit than amateur?

The words tyro and amateur are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, tyro implies inexperience often combined with audacity with resulting crudeness or blundering.

shows talent but is still a mere tyro

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The first known use of amateur was in 1757

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“Amateur.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/amateur. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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