- 1A person who engages in a pursuit, especially a sport, on an unpaid basis.More example sentences
- In another key component, the band sponsored a female athlete and an amateur in each sport.
- Last year, junior rider Kate Hart beat the professionals and the top amateurs to earn the victory.
- So first off it was probably the top club juniors, then the top amateurs, then, I guess, guys like Faldo and Clarke.
- 1.1A person considered contemptibly inept at a particular activity: that bunch of stumbling amateursMore example sentences
- 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.
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- 1Engaging or engaged in without payment; nonprofessional: an amateur archaeologist amateur athleticsMore example sentences
- The war dominates the lives of an enthusiastic band of amateur archaeologists known as the Diggers.
- In the absence of payment, amateur reviewers write overwhelmingly about topics they love.
- He believes the archaeological trust has a major educational role to play - for professional and amateur archaeologists alike.
- 1.1Inept or unskillful: it’s all so amateur!More example sentences
- It was a clumsy amateur agent who was foolish enough to allow himself to be detected.
- The content may be excellent, but it is totally obscured by an amateur and clumsy overuse of computerised publishing.
- Some of the attempts were amateur and romantically inept.
late 18th century: from French, from Italian amatore, from Latin amator 'lover', from amare 'to love'.