[ US /ˈæməˌtɝ, ˈæməˌtʃɝ/ ]
[ UK /ˈæmətɐ/ ]
  1. engaged in as a pastime
    reading matter that is both recreational and mentally stimulating
    gained valuable experience in amateur theatricals
    unpaid extras in the documentary
    recreational golfers
    an amateur painter
  2. lacking professional skill or expertise
    inexpert but conscientious efforts
    a very amateurish job
    an unskilled painting
  1. an athlete who does not play for pay
  2. someone who pursues a study or sport as a pastime
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How To Use amateur In A Sentence

  • There's a big difference between an amateur video and a slick Hollywood production.
  • She gets signed up for Amateur Night as a sentimental soprano soloist, is propelled on stage, moves her lips as the crowd makes noise, sways her body as if actually singing, then exits. “. . .all his race rose up before him in a mighty phantasmagoria. . .”
  • Then the pleasant little surprises of all kinds that we imagined; and the pleasant looks that greet us when we condescend to accept them; the patience that can translate our most unwarrantable "crossness", because there has been some trifling difficulty in obtaining the half of a star or the corner of a moon which it had pleased us to require, into "such a good sign of being really better"; and then our appetite (which the gods know is at that season singularly keen), how is it not tempted with unutterable dainties and friande morsels, all sorts of amateur cookery in our behalf, where Love himself has not disdained to turn the spit, and look into the stewpan! and all served up so gracefully on the small tray, covered with its delicate white damask cloth, arraying with more than mortal charms the moulds of crystal jelly and pure-looking blanc mange! Zoe: The History of Two Lives
  • By launching the commercial scheme in the guise of an athletic club it falls within the rules of the Amateur Athletic Association.
  • Weakness number one is a cumulative amateurishness. The spotlight begins to shine on the coalition's flaws and faultlines | Andrew Rawnsley
  • Amateurs can easily fill the tubes using simple agricultural tools, after which bags are arranged in a spiral that is gradually corbelled inwards as it ascends to form a dome.
  • It's the equivalent of a course in arboriculture for the amateur gardener and landscape professional, including the history and culture of trees, suggesting the climates where you might find them growing. Books to inspire endeavors in landscape design, gardening
  • Having done some cycling in England as a teenager, I have admired the amateur cyclists I've seen toiling up those climbs and can appreciate the difficulty of the last segment of stage eight.
  • While no one disputes Ahola's ability to lift 900 pounds, some have found his performance refreshingly unpracticed, others off-puttingly amateurish.
  • Then it dawned on me that the word "amateur" comes from the French word meaning "to love. Restoration: Congress, Term Limits and the Recovery of Deliberative Democracy
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