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English adjective: amateur

1. amateur engaged in as a pastime

SamplesAn amateur painter.
Gained valuable experience in amateur theatricals.
Recreational golfers.
Reading matter that is both recreational and mentally stimulating.
Unpaid extras in the documentary.

Synonymsrecreational, unpaid



2. amateur lacking professional skill or expertise

SamplesA very amateurish job.
Inexpert but conscientious efforts.
An unskilled painting.

Synonymsamateurish, inexpert, unskilled



English noun: amateur

1. amateur (person) someone who pursues a study or sport as a pastime

Broader (hypernym)individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul

Narrower (hyponym)bird watcher, birder, dabbler, dilettante, hobbyist, sciolist

2. amateur (person) an athlete who does not play for pay

Broader (hypernym)athlete, jock

Narrower (hyponym)outdoor man, sporting man

Antonymspro, professional

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