Definitions for Amateur
ˈæm əˌtʃʊər, -tʃər, -tər, ˌæm əˈtɜram·a·teur
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someone who pursues a study or sport as a pastime
an athlete who does not play for pay
amateur, recreational, unpaidadjective
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"
amateurish, amateur, inexpert, unskilledadjective
lacking professional skill or expertise
"a very amateurish job"; "inexpert but conscientious efforts"; "an unskilled painting"
A lover of something.
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.
Someone who is unqualified or insufficiently skillful.
The entire thing was built by some amateurs with screwdrivers and plywood.
Created, done, or populated by amateurs or non-professionals.
Showing a lack of professionalism, experience or talent.
Duct tape is a sure sign of amateur workmanship.
Etymology: From amateur, from amatorem, from amare.
An amateur (from French 'one who loves') is generally considered a person who pursues an avocation independent from their source of income. Amateurs and their pursuits are also described as popular, informal, self-taught, user-generated, DIY, and hobbyist.
An amateur refers to a person who engages in an activity, profession, or sport primarily as a hobby or without having any formal training or extensive experience in the field. Amateurs typically participate in an activity for personal enjoyment, self-improvement, or recreational purposes, rather than for monetary gain or professional success. They may have a genuine interest in the activity and may invest time and effort to pursue it, but they lack the expertise, qualifications, or dedication that professionals possess.
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
Etymology: [F., fr. L. amator lover, fr. amare to love.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
am′at-ūr, or am-at-ār′, n. one who cultivates a particular study or art for the love of it, and not professionally: in general terms, one who plays a game for pleasure, as distinguished from a professional who plays for money—nearly every game has its special definition to meet its own requirements.—adjs. Amateur; Amateur′ish, imperfect and defective, as the work of an amateur rather than a professional hand.—adv. Amateur′ishly.—ns. Amateur′ishness; Amateur′ism, Amateur′ship. [Fr.—L. amator, a lover, amāre, to love.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'Amateur' in Adjectives Frequency: #908
The numerical value of Amateur in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of Amateur in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Two and two continue to make four, in spite of the whine of the amateur for three, or the cry of the critic for five.
Between the amateur and the professional...there is a difference not only in degree but in kind. The skillful man is, within the function of his skill, a different psychological organization...A tennis player or a watchmaker or an airplane pilot is an automatism but he is also criticism and wisdom.
There aren't little giveaways, it's the overall skill with which the attack was executed, and they didn't just go nuts and shoot wildly, as amateur jihadis do. They set out to kill specific people and never list focus. [ They ] even stayed cool during the getaway phase. These men had killed before.
Amateur and professional golf are very, very different but it put me in good stead, it made me believe that I could compete with the best of them.
A student is not a professional athlete. ... He is not a little politician or junior senator looking for angles ... an amateur promoter, a glad-hander, embryo Rotarian, caf-society leader, quiz kid or man about town. A student is a person who is learning to fulfill his powers and to find ways of using them in the service of mankind.
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- Amateur, amateurhaft, AmateurinGerman
- aficionado, amateurSpanish
- harrastelija, harrastajamainen, harrastelijamainen, amatööri, amatöörimäinen, harrastaja, aloittelijamainenFinnish
- amateuse, amateurFrench
- חובבני, חובבןHebrew
- अनुभवहीन व्यवसायी, शौकियाHindi
- しろうと, アマ, アマチュアJapanese
- аматер, лаички, аматерскиMacedonian
- amatørNorwegian Nynorsk
- amator, amatorskiPolish
- amator, neprofesionalRomanian
- дилетантка, любитель, дилетантский, дилетант, любительница, любительскийRussian
- аматер, amaterSerbo-Croatian
- acemi, çaylak, amatörTurkish
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