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Meaning of AMATEUR

Pronunciation:  'amu`chûr

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  someone who pursues a study or sport as a pastime
  2. [n]  does not play for pay
  3. [adj]  engaged in as a pastime; "an amateur painter"; "gained valuable experience in amateur theatricals"; "recreational golfers"; "reading matter that is both recreational and mentally stimulating"; "unpaid extras in the documentary"
  4. [adj]  lacking professional skill or expertise; "a very amateurish job"; "inexpert but conscientious efforts"; "an unskilled painting"

AMATEUR is a 7 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: amateurish, inexpert, nonprofessional, recreational, unpaid, unprofessional, unskilled
 Antonyms: pro, professional
 See Also: athlete, bird watcher, birder, dabbler, dilettante, hobbyist, human, individual, jock, mortal, outdoor man, person, sciolist, somebody, someone, soul, sporting man



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Am`a*teur"\, n. [F., fr. L. amator lover, fr. amare to
A person attached to a particular pursuit, study, or science
as to music or painting; esp. one who cultivates any study or
art, from taste or attachment, without pursuing it

Thesaurus Terms
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