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AMATEUR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does amateur mean? 

AMATEUR (noun)
  The noun AMATEUR has 2 senses:

1. someone who pursues a study or sport as a pastime
2. does not play for pay

  Familiarity information: AMATEUR used as a noun is rare.


AMATEUR (adjective)
  The adjective AMATEUR has 2 senses:

1. engaged in as a pastime
2. lacking professional skill or expertise

  Familiarity information: AMATEUR used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


AMATEUR (noun)


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Meaning:

Someone who pursues a study or sport as a pastime

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("amateur" is a kind of...):

individual; mortal; person; somebody; someone; soul (a human being)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "amateur"):

bird watcher; birder (a person who identifies and studies birds in their natural habitats)

dabbler; dilettante; sciolist (an amateur who engages in an activity without serious intentions and who pretends to have knowledge)

hobbyist (a person who pursues an activity in their spare time for pleasure)


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Meaning:

Does not play for pay

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("amateur" is a kind of...):

athlete; jock (a person trained to compete in sports)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "amateur"):

outdoor man; sporting man (someone who enjoys outdoor activities)

Antonym:

professional (an athlete who plays for pay)


AMATEUR (adjective)


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Meaning:

Engaged in as a pastime

Synonyms:

amateur; recreational; unpaid

Context examples:

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

Similar:

nonprofessional (not professional; not engaged in a profession or engaging in as a profession or for gain)


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Meaning:

Lacking professional skill or expertise

Synonyms:

amateurish; inexpert; amateur; unskilled

Context examples:

a very amateurish job / inexpert but conscientious efforts / an unskilled painting

Similar:

unprofessional (not characteristic of or befitting a profession or one engaged in a profession)


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