Definitions for: Amateur

[n] someone who pursues a study or sport as a pastime
[n] does not play for pay
[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"
[adj] lacking professional skill or expertise; "a very amateurish job"; "inexpert but conscientious efforts"; "an unskilled painting"

Webster (1913) Definition: 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

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

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