Definition of amateurish in US English:



  • Unskillful; inept.

    ‘the editing is choppy and amateurish’
    ‘amateurish actors’
    • ‘But some of his other early efforts on the DVD collection are amateurish, uneven affairs - a flaw he happily concedes.’
    • ‘The amateurish performances, hamfisted dramatics and video nasty violence are a completely resistible combination.’
    • ‘Rather, I'll mention the fact that the movie has a certain amateurish charm to it that's hard to deny, but it hardly bears more than one or two views.’
    • ‘If the answer to both questions is in the negative, then tell him that jiggling in time to the music is amateurish and jiggling out of time with the music distracting.’
    • ‘In truth, we were quite amateurish, though we tried not to be; revolutions are seldom started by professionals and experts.’
    • ‘This may explain why Ricci gives a thin, amateurish performance.’
    • ‘Here, playing a priest who has lost his faith, he comes off as amateurish and unlikable, a second rate character that is not very funny.’
    • ‘Ryan's ads were laughed at as amateurish, but they apparently worked.’
    • ‘The cheesy production values, the low-budget special effects, and the amateurish level of some of the acting alienated me at first.’
    • ‘It's a very strong picture, albeit it a little amateurish.’
    • ‘We won't be happy until we've got 400 cable or satellite or digital stations and we can watch the most ridiculous, amateurish, shoddy bits of nonsense.’
    • ‘I think it's a good sign that there is so much amateurish material.’
    • ‘The photographs are of indifferent quality, the layout and design clumsy and amateurish.’
    • ‘The writing is mostly amateurish, aimed at times to young kids.’
    • ‘In spite of the good result, their London election performance was more amateurish than last year's European elections.’
    • ‘Why did these highly paid professionals make such amateurish mistakes?’
    • ‘It's the first time cameras have been allowed behind the scenes of lottery operator Camelot, and this rather amateurish film reveals what happens once a win is confirmed.’
    • ‘Almost all these bizarre images have a furtive, amateurish air about them; they were never meant to be seen in daylight.’
    • ‘Worse, it is making unforced errors which make it look amateurish and incompetent.’
    • ‘And if that sounds rather vague and amateurish, I'm sure it is.’
    • ‘And the thing that strikes me is how amateurish the whole thing seems.’
    • ‘Their efforts have typically been amateurish.’
    • ‘Looking back, I was totally naive and amateurish, but those six months stood me in good stead for what I'm doing now.’
    • ‘They looked amateurish, all huddled together for security.’
    • ‘‘They were basically for show and completely amateurish,’ she said.’
    • ‘On the next wall, there is a clutch of figurative drawings from the early 1990s, some beautifully conceived and others unwieldy and amateurish.’
    • ‘For all her brother's enthusiasm, she imagined that the end product would be three amateurish pop songs, all with the same four basic chords.’
    • ‘In the end, the organization looks clumsy and amateurish.’
    • ‘But if special insight is far beyond my ability, amateurish speculation based on a questionable assumption is not.’
    • ‘While one can dismiss much work at a glance as amateurish or badly crafted, that is not the case for this mark.’
    • ‘Looking back to that first World Cup in New Zealand 15 years ago, it all seems laughably innocent and amateurish now.’
    • ‘Fundamentally, this is an amateurish, lo-tech operation.’
    • ‘His actual art, particularly his paintings, is often amateurish; his visual skills could not match his ambition.’
    • ‘The bottom line is that it is amateurish and will threaten the safety of our children.’
    • ‘In both cases, the process is entertainingly amateurish, at least from a branding professional's perspective.’
    • ‘If they try to do so on their own, their attempts will often be amateurish, incompetent, and therefore less of a threat than they might otherwise be.’
    • ‘Their presentation was ill-prepared and disappointing, and their proposals amateurish and ill-informed.’
    • ‘Try to ignore the poor spelling and amateurish design, and concentrate on the quality of advice gleaned from years of experience.’
    • ‘It was very amateurish and very unprofessional and very disturbing.’
    • ‘McBride ran a pretty amateurish campaign, and it showed.’
    incompetent, inept, useless, unskilful, inexpert, amateur, clumsy, maladroit, gauche, blundering, bungling, bumbling, botched, crude
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