Definition of shamateur in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʃamətə/
Pronunciation: /ˈʃamətjʊə/


A sports player who makes money from sporting activities though classified as amateur.
Example sentences
  • Maurie Plant, ‘Andy's bag man’ in the ‘shamateur’ days of athletics, is the BBC's trackside ‘athletes' liaison ’, despite being banned in Australia after attempting to subvert a drug test at a Norman-organised event.
  • But don't tell Fly the shamateurs're innocent.
  • He's way better than all the other half-baked shamateurs who crop up in the canvas chairs during Davis Cup ties, but he's not going to win a major and it's not his fault.



Example sentences
  • Other sports retained amateurism and sometimes ‘shamateurism’ a lot longer.
  • Kiwi Brent Pope arrived here in 1991, well ahead of professionalism, but at that time the game - particularly in the Southern Hemisphere - had more to do with ‘shamateurism’ than any Corinthian ideal.
  • The infamous ban on rugby league in the Armed Services, which only ended a decade or so ago, was part of union's ‘shamateurism’ past which included the banning of any player who had gone near a league pitch.


Late 19th century: blend of sham and amateur.

Words that rhyme with shamateur


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Line breaks: shama|teur

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