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am·a·teur

 (ăm′ə-tûr′, -tər, -cho͝or′, -chər, -tyo͝or′)
n.
1. One who engages in an art, science, study, or athletic activity as a pastime rather than as a profession.
2. Sports An athlete who has never accepted money, or who accepts money under restrictions specified by a regulatory body, for participating in a competition.
3. One lacking the skill of a professional, as in an art.
adj.
1. Of or performed by an amateur.
2. Made up of amateurs: an amateur cast.
3. Not professional; unskillful.

[French, from Latin amātor, lover, from amāre, to love.]

am′a·teur·ism n.

amateur

(ˈæmətə; -tʃə; -ˌtjʊə; ˌæməˈtɜː)
n
1. a person who engages in an activity, esp a sport, as a pastime rather than professionally or for gain
2. (General Sporting Terms) an athlete or sportsman
3. a person unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
4. a person who is fond of or admires something
5. (modifier) consisting of or for amateurs: an amateur event.
adj
amateurish; not professional or expert: an amateur approach.
[C18: from French, from Latin amātor lover, from amāre to love]
ˈamateurism n

am•a•teur

(ˈæm əˌtʃʊər, -tʃər, -tər, ˌæm əˈtɜr)

n.
1. a person who engages in a study, sport, or other activity for pleasure rather than for financial benefit. Compare professional (def. 11).
2. an athlete who has never competed for payment or for a monetary prize.
3. a person inexperienced or unskilled in a particular activity: Detective work is not for amateurs.
4. a lover or devotee of an art, science, etc.
adj.
5. pertaining to, characteristic of, or engaged in by an amateur: amateur tennis.
6. composed of amateurs.
7. being an amateur: an amateur painter.
[1775–85; < French, Middle French < Latin amātor lover =amā(re) to love + -tor -tor]
am′a•teur•ism, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.amateur - someone who pursues a study or sport as a pastimeamateur - someone who pursues a study or sport as a pastime
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
birder, bird watcher - 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
2.amateur - an athlete who does not play for payamateur - an athlete who does not play for pay
athlete, jock - a person trained to compete in sports
outdoor man, sporting man - someone who enjoys outdoor activities
pro, professional - an athlete who plays for pay
Adj.1.amateur - engaged in as a pastimeamateur - 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"
nonprofessional - not professional; not engaged in a profession or engaging in as a profession or for gain; "the nonprofessional wives of his male colleagues"; "nonprofessional actors"
2.amateur - lacking professional skill or expertiseamateur - lacking professional skill or expertise; "a very amateurish job"; "inexpert but conscientious efforts"; "an unskilled painting"
unprofessional - not characteristic of or befitting a profession or one engaged in a profession; "described in unprofessional language so that high school students could understand it"; "was censured for unprofessional conduct"; "unprofessional repairs"

amateur

noun
1. nonprofessional, outsider, layman, dilettante, layperson, non-specialist, dabbler He is an amateur who dances because he feels like it.
adjective
1. nonprofessional, lay, dilettante an amateur dramatics society
2. incompetent, unable, cowboy (informal), useless, incapable, insufficient, floundering, bungling, unfit, unfitted, inept, ineffectual, incapacitated, inexpert, skill-less, unskilful They gave a performance which easily capped our amateur efforts.

amateur

noun
One lacking professional skill and ease in a particular pursuit:
Translations
الهَاوِيهَاوٍهَاوِهِوَايَة
amatéramatérskýneprofesionál
amatør
amatööriamatöörimäinen
amater
amatõramatőrműkedvelő
áhuga-áhugamaîur
アマチュア
아마추어
diletantiškasmėgėjasmėgėjiškas
amatierisamatieru-
amatéramatérsky
amaterljubitelj
amatör
มือสมัครเล่น
người nghiệp dư

amateur

[ˈæmətəʳ]
A. N
1. (lit) (= non-professional) → amateur mf; (= hobbyist) → aficionado/a m/f
he boxed first as an amateur then as a professionalboxeó primero como amateur y después como profesional
an enthusiastic amateurun amateur entusiasta
I love gardening but I'm just an amateurme encanta la jardinería, pero no soy más que un aficionado
2. (pej) → chapucero/a m/f
those guys are amateurs!¡esos tipos son unos chapuceros!
B. ADJ
1. (= not professional) [athlete, actor, production] → amateur; [club, competition] → para amateurs, para aficionados
amateur athletics/photographyatletismo/fotografía para amateurs
an amateur photographerun aficionado a la fotografíaun fotógrafo aficionado
an amateur detectiveun detective aficionado
I have an amateur interest in potteryme interesa la cerámica como aficionado
amateur statuscondición f de amateur
2. (pej) [production, performance] → de aficionados, chapucero
it was a very amateur performancefue una actuación de aficionados or muy chapucera
C. CPD amateur dramatics NSINGteatro m amateur, teatro m de aficionados

amateur

[ˈæmətər]
n
(= non-professional) → amateur m
(pejorative) (unskilled, amateurish)amateur m
He's such an amateur! → C'est un amateur!
adj
(= non-professional) [sportsperson, musician, photographer] → amateur inv; [sport, rowing, athletics] → amateur inv; [video] → amateur inv
(pejorative) (= unskilled, amateurish) → amateur invamateur dramatics
modif [club, group, class] → de théâtre

amateur

n
Amateur(in) m(f)
(pej)Dilettant(in) m(f)
adj
attrAmateur-; amateur boxing/competitionAmateurboxen nt/-wettkampf m; amateur gardenerHobbygärtner(in) m(f); amateur painterHobbymaler(in) m(f); amateur photographerHobby- or Amateurfotograf(in) m(f); amateur videoAmateurvideo nt
(pej) = amateurish

amateur

[ˈæmətəʳ]
1. ndilettante m/f
2. adj (player, painter) → dilettante; (activity) → dilettantistico/a, per dilettanti
amateur dramatics → filodrammatica

amateur

(ˈӕmətə) , ((American) -tʃər) noun
1. a person who takes part in a sport etc without being paid for it. The tennis tournament was open only to amateurs.
2. someone who does something for the love of it and not for money. For an amateur, he was quite a good photographer.
adjective
an amateur golfer; amateur photography.
ˌamaˈteurish (-ˈtəː-) adjective
not very skilful. an amateurish drawing.

amateur

هَاوٍ amatér amatør Amateur ερασιτέχνης aficionado amatööri amateur amater dilettante アマチュア 아마추어 amateur amatør amator amador любитель amatör มือสมัครเล่น amatör người nghiệp dư 业余爱好者

amateur

a. aficionado-a; principiante.
References in classic literature ?
"Now the management of the Loops, in its bid for popularity, instituted what is called 'Amateur Night'; that is to say, twice a week, after the professionals have done their turns, the stage is given over to the aspiring amateurs.
No word was spoken, but at once the yacht began a most astonishing performance, veering and yawing as though the greenest of amateurs was at the wheel.
Old women and amateurs have invaded the upper apartments, pinching the bed- curtains, poking into the feathers, shampooing the mattresses, and clapping the wardrobe drawers to and fro.
Most of them have found their way into museums, and the rest are the treasured possessions of wealthy amateurs. I try to find excuses for myself.
They look upon us as amateurs and speak of Scotland Yard with bated breath.
It doesn't look a fair match at first glance: Williams is nearly two inches taller, and probably a long year older than his opponent, and he is very strongly made about the arms and shoulders--"peels well," as the little knot of big fifth-form boys, the amateurs, say, who stand outside the ring of little boys, looking complacently on, but taking no active part in the proceedings.
By the aid of cunning architects he had first blasted his harbour into shape, then built his hotels and pleasure-palaces, and then leased them to dependants of his who knew the right sort of people, and who knew that it was as much as their lease was worth to find accommodation for teetotal amateur photographers or wistful wandering Sunday-school treats.
And then he signed and dated the letter with an amateur's pride, and looked to be famous by the morrow.
Silky, who was present, en amateur; but the matter could not be helped, as these were customers who acted and thought for themselves, and all the oily persuasion of shop-eloquence could not influence them.
He could have been whatever he turned his agile intellect and his cunning hand to; he had been a schoolmaster and a watch-maker, and I believe an amateur doctor and irregular lawyer; he talked and wrote brilliantly, and he was one of the group that nightly disposed of every manner of theoretical and practical question at the drug-store; it was quite indifferent to him which side he took; what he enjoyed was the mental exercise.
The twins had accepted several invitations while the reception was in progress, and had also volunteered to play some duets at an amateur entertainment for the benefit of a local charity.
She has in her possession the card of an actor by profession, who superintended an amateur theatrical performance at Clifton, in which she took part; and to him she has gone to help her.