amateur (n.)

  1. someone who pursues a study or sport as a pastime

  2. an athlete who does not play for pay

    amateur (adj.)

  1. 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

    [ Syn: recreational , unpaid ]

  2. lacking professional skill or expertise; a very amateurish job; inexpert but conscientious efforts; an unskilled painting

    [ Syn: amateurish , inexpert , unskilled ]

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