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Noun: amateur  'a-mu-tu(r) or 'a-mu,tûr or 'a-mu,chûr
  1. Someone who pursues a study or sport as a pastime
  2. An athlete who does not play for pay
  3. Someone who is unqualified or not skilful enough
Adjective: amateur  'a-mu-tu(r) or 'a-mu,tûr or 'a-mu,chûr
  1. Engaged in as a pastime
    "an amateur painter"; "gained valuable experience in amateur theatricals";
    - recreational, unpaid
  2. Lacking professional skill or expertise
    "a very amateur job";
    - amateurish, inexpert, unskilled, rookie [informal]

Derived forms: amateurs

See also: nonprofessional, unprofessional

Type of: athlete, individual, jock [N. Amer, informal], mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul

Antonym: professional

Encyclopedia: Amateur