Definitions for amateurˈæm əˌtʃʊər, -tʃər, -tər, ˌæm əˈtɜr

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. amateur(noun)

    someone who pursues a study or sport as a pastime

  2. amateur(adj)

    an athlete who does not play for pay

  3. amateur, recreational, unpaid(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. amateurish, amateur, inexpert, unskilled(adj)

    lacking professional skill or expertise

    "a very amateurish job"; "inexpert but conscientious efforts"; "an unskilled painting"

Wiktionary

  1. amateur(Noun)

    A lover of something.

  2. amateur(Noun)

    A person attached to a particular pursuit, study, or science as to music or painting; especially one who cultivates any study or art, from taste or attachment, without pursuing it professionally.

    She is an accomplished amateur woodworker.

  3. amateur(Noun)

    Someone who is unqualified or insufficiently skillful.

    The entire thing was built by some amateurs with screwdrivers and plywood.

  4. amateur(Adjective)

    Non-professional.

  5. amateur(Adjective)

    Created, done, or populated by amateurs or non-professionals.

    amateur sports

  6. amateur(Adjective)

    Showing a lack of professionalism, experience or talent.

    Duct tape is a sure sign of amateur workmanship.

  7. Origin: From amateur, from amatorem, from amare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Amateur(noun)

    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 professionally

  2. Origin: [F., fr. L. amator lover, fr. amare to love.]

Freebase

  1. Amateur

    An amateur is generally considered a person attached to a particular pursuit, study, or science in a non-professional or unpaid manner. Amateurs often have little or no formal training in their pursuits, and many are autodidacts. Amateurism can be seen in both a negative and positive light. Since amateurs often do not have formal training, some amateur work may be considered sub-par. For example, amateur athletes in sports such as basketball, baseball or football are regarded as having a lower level of ability than professional athletes. On the other hand, an amateur may be in a position to approach a subject with an open mind and in a financially disinterested manner. An amateur who dabbles in a field out of casual interest rather than as a profession or serious interest, or who possesses a general but superficial interest in any art or a branch of knowledge, is often referred to as a dilettante. The lack of financial benefit can also be seen as a sign of commitment to an activity; and until the 1970s the Olympic rules required that competitors be amateurs. Receiving payment to participate in an event disqualified an athlete from that event, as in the case of Jim Thorpe. In the Olympics, this rule remains in place for boxing.

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