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amateur

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of amateur

  1. 1 being such only for recreation an amateur cabinetmaker, he derives immense satisfaction from finely crafting his own furniture Synonyms of amateur avocational, backyard, jackleg, nonprofessional, SundayWords Related to amateur naive (or naïve), primitive, self-taught; amateurish, dilettante, inexperienced, inexpert, unprofessional, unskilled; uninitiated, unprepared, unqualified, unschooled, untaught, untrained, untutored; part-time, weekend

  2. 2 lacking or showing a lack of expert skill in every room there were amateur watercolors, apparently the work of the innkeeper's wife Synonyms of amateur amateurish, dilettante, dilettantish, inexperienced, inexpert, jackleg, nonprofessional, unprofessional, unskilled, unskillfulWords Related to amateur curbstone, self-taught, uninitiated, unprepared, unqualified, unschooled, untaught, untrained, untutored; awkward, clumsy, ham-fisted, ham-handed, heavy-handed; crude, defective, faulty, flawed, primitive, unfinished, unpolished; beginning, entry-level, fresh, green, new, raw, unseasoned, untested, untried, would-be; incapable, incompetent, talentless, unable, unfit, ungifted, untalentedNear Antonyms of amateur able, accomplished, capable, competent, dexterous (also dextrous), gifted, habile, handsome, proficient, skilled, skillful, talented; experienced, practiced (also practised), seasoned, veteran; educated, fitted, initiated, knowledgeable, prepared, qualified, schooled, taught, trained, tutored, versed; all-around (also all-round), ambidextrous, versatile, well-rounded; finished, polished, slickAntonyms of amateur ace, adept, consummate, crackerjack, expert, master, masterful, masterly, professional, virtuosic, virtuoso


amateur

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of amateur

  1. 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 Synonyms of amateur dabbler, dilettante, hobbyist, layman, nonexpert, nonprofessional, potterer, putterer, tinkerer Words Related to amateur all-rounder [British], generalist, general practitioner, jack-of-all-trades; aficionado (also afficionado), buff, devotee, enthusiast, fan Antonyms of amateur authority, expert, pro, professional, specialist

  2. 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 Synonyms of amateur hack, hacker, inexpert, jackleg, trifler Words Related to amateur beginner, freshman, greenhorn, kid, learner, neophyte, newcomer, novice, rookie, tenderfoot, tyro Near Antonyms of amateur maestro, virtuoso, whiz, wizard; old hand, old-timer, vet, veteran Antonyms of amateur ace, adept, crackerjack (also crackajack), craftsman, expert, hand, master, past master, shark, sharp

Synonym Discussion of amateur

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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