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[am-uh-choo r-ish, -chur-, -tyoo r-, -tur-] /ˌæm əˈtʃʊər ɪʃ, -ˈtʃɜr-, -ˈtyʊər-, -ˈtɜr-/
characteristic of an amateur, especially in having the faults or deficiencies of an amateur; inept:
Though an enthusiastic violinist, he gave an amateurish performance.
Origin of amateurish
First recorded in 1860-65; amateur + -ish1
Related forms
amateurishly, adverb
amateurishness, noun
pseudoamateurish, adjective
pseudoamateurishly, adverb
quasi-amateurish, adjective
quasi-amateurishly, adverb Unabridged
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  • She felt that he despised them as amateurish, and secretly resented it.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • Workmanship was entirely by hand, slow, amateurish, and unreliable.

    Opportunities in Aviation Arthur Sweetser
  • Her dancing could only be amateurish at its best, for where could she possibly have learned to dance?

    When Dreams Come True Ritter Brown
  • "That's only amateurish and besides reprehensible," said the Tennessee Shad.

    The Varmint Owen Johnson
  • It was crude and amateurish; but it was written to you and about you, so I did the best I could.

    Patty's Social Season

    Carolyn Wells
British Dictionary definitions for amateurish


/ˈæmətərɪʃ; -tʃər-; -ˌtʃʊər-; ˌæməˈtɜːrɪʃ/
lacking professional skill or expertise
Derived Forms
amateurishly, adverb
amateurishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for amateurish

1863; from amateur + -ish. Related: Amateurishly; amateurishness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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