Definition of poetaster in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpōəˌtastər/


A person who writes inferior poetry.
Example sentences
  • I have worked terribly hard, and done good, permanent work - and I have passed the turn of my life and I am a beggar with no more recognition than the slightest poetaster.
  • Many scientific teachers of literature never find this out; the poetaster discovers it because he has been trying to make poetry, though he has hard luck.
  • For once, readers will see how delightful great poets are, and how nauseating are poetasters.


Late 16th century: modern Latin, from Latin poeta 'poet' + -aster.

Words that rhyme with poetaster

Antofagasta, aster, Astor, canasta, Jocasta, oleaster, pasta, piastre (US piaster), pilaster, Rasta, Zoroaster

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Syllabification: po·et·as·ter

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