Definition of amateur in English:

amateur

Pronunciation /ˈamətʃʊə//ˈamətə//ˌaməˈtəː//ˈamətʃə/

noun

  • 1A person who engages in a pursuit, especially a sport, on an unpaid basis.

    ‘it takes five years for a top amateur to become a real Tour de France rider’
    ‘his last fight as an amateur’
    • ‘Professionals like to play against amateurs, but are wary of facing too many at once.’
    • ‘Ironically, Beaumont is the amateur on this professional tour.’
    • ‘As an amateur, Uhalt turned down football scholarship offers to pursue professional baseball.’
    • ‘So first off it was probably the top club juniors, then the top amateurs, then, I guess, guys like Faldo and Clarke.’
    • ‘They insisted they were amateurs, which somehow made it more noble.’
    • ‘The professional clubs come in at the third round and this time it will be an open draw, with the amateurs not having to play away.’
    • ‘As an amateur, he fought 72 times, winning 60 bouts, before turning professional in 1997.’
    • ‘When he got to England, he started as an amateur in rugby league, a version of rugby he was not familiar with.’
    • ‘Finally what also makes cycling superior is it is a sport where the amateur can experience almost the same sensations as the professional.’
    • ‘When we competed as amateurs in the Olympics we would practise all year for three or four events.’
    • ‘Last year, junior rider Kate Hart beat the professionals and the top amateurs to earn the victory.’
    • ‘He is a sports psychologist who works with many of the top pros and amateurs in the country.’
    • ‘In another key component, the band sponsored a female athlete and an amateur in each sport.’
    • ‘This attitude is not just peculiar to high-handicap amateurs but is also prevalent among the top amateurs and professionals.’
    • ‘Yet the wonder of the tour is that even amateurs can take part.’
    • ‘And for the first time there will be cash prizes for the leading players who will join forces with amateurs in the team event.’
    • ‘There will be two qualifying rounds and amateurs will also be invited.’
    • ‘This is a unique event where the top professionals race against the top amateurs and the top youth.’
    • ‘The top amateur is recognized with a special green leader's jersey after each stage.’
    • ‘What we need are boxers that have been amateurs before turning professional.’
    non-professional, non-specialist, layman, layperson
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    1. 1.1 A person who is contemptibly inept at a particular activity.
      ‘that bunch of stumbling amateurs’
      • ‘They are being to made look like amateurs in front of their own fans.’
      • ‘Pongratz speaks with admiration of the young performers in this production, no bunch of amateurs.’
      • ‘It's also a celebration of the passion for worshipping incompetent amateurs.’
      • ‘Owen is a journalist, Mara a novelist, and his contempt at having what he sees as an amateur on his patch is made blindingly obvious.’
      bungler, blunderer, incompetent, bumbler
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adjective

  • 1Engaging or engaged in without payment; non-professional.

    ‘an amateur archaeologist’
    ‘amateur athletics’
    • ‘Eliza plans to encourage enthusiasts to set up their own groups, and also will organise training days for budding amateur archaeologists.’
    • ‘Paul Burgess and Randy Olson are train enthusiasts and amateur photographers.’
    • ‘Of the twenty volunteers some are professional railway workers, but most are amateur enthusiasts.’
    • ‘Aubrey and Maturin are enthusiastic amateur musicians.’
    • ‘The amateur enthusiasts are certainly catered for.’
    • ‘He believes the archaeological trust has a major educational role to play - for professional and amateur archaeologists alike.’
    • ‘Today, amateur athletics are a pervasive part of academic institutions across the United States.’
    • ‘What does bug me is that the Olympics is no longer about true amateur athletics.’
    • ‘Retirement reawakened enthusiasm for amateur radio, and he was president of the institution for many years.’
    • ‘Hayley, 17, travels up and down the country competing in amateur athletics events, but she is not disabled.’
    • ‘The war dominates the lives of an enthusiastic band of amateur archaeologists known as the Diggers.’
    • ‘Colin followed his father and paternal ancestors in being an enthusiastic amateur botanist.’
    • ‘A propeller-driven plane is witness to the enthusiasm of amateur fliers in the Cotton City.’
    • ‘Experts are investigating claims by an amateur archaeologist from Bradford that he has found an important ancient monument on Ilkley Moor.’
    • ‘Although player payments could be substantial, an amateur ethos prevailed.’
    • ‘Sports are social events to most of us, either as participants in amateur athletics or as spectators to their professional kin.’
    • ‘If people knew what was out here, amateur astronomy would be as popular as every other outdoor activity combined.’
    • ‘Local amateur radio enthusiasts are to set up a station within the school, giving pupils the opportunity to contact other radio users across the world.’
    • ‘This summer, a group of amateur film enthusiasts will embark on its most ambitious project to date.’
    • ‘In the absence of payment, amateur reviewers write overwhelmingly about topics they love.’
    non-professional, non-specialist, lay
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    1. 1.1 Done in an inept or unskilful way.
      ‘it's all so amateur!’
      • ‘It had made me faster, but even a finely tuned athlete like me couldn't avoid a simple amateur mistake.’
      • ‘Some of the attempts were amateur and romantically inept.’
      • ‘It was a clumsy amateur agent who was foolish enough to allow himself to be detected.’
      • ‘All that after one of the most inept, lacklustre, disgusting, amateur performances in recent times.’
      • ‘The content may be excellent, but it is totally obscured by an amateur and clumsy overuse of computerised publishing.’
      incompetent, inept, useless, unskilful, inexpert, clumsy, maladroit, gauche, blundering, bungling, bumbling, amateurish, botched, crude
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Origin

Late 18th century: from French, from Italian amatore, from Latin amator ‘lover’, from amare ‘to love’.

Pronunciation

amateur

/ˈamətə//ˌaməˈtəː/