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[sem-ee-pruh-fesh-uh-nl, sem-ahy-] /ˌsɛm i prəˈfɛʃ ə nl, ˌsɛm aɪ-/
actively engaged in some field or sport for pay but on a part-time basis:
semiprofessional baseball players.
engaged in by paid, part-time people:
semiprofessional football.
having some features of professional work but requiring less knowledge, skill, and judgment:
a semiprofessional job.
a person who is active in some field or sport for pay on a part-time basis.
Origin of semiprofessional
First recorded in 1895-1900; semi- + professional
Related forms
semiprofessionally, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for semi-professional
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  • Dollymop, a tawdrily-dressed maid-servant, a semi-professional street-walker.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • He strolled in with a semi-professional air, and shook hands with affability.

    Vice Versa F. Anstey
  • As a matter of fact, Jim Pink was a sort of semi-professional minstrel.

    Birthright T.S. Stribling
  • Contact with these gave Terry Sheehan a semi-professional tone.

    Cheerful--By Request Edna Ferber
  • I suppose he picks up a few dollars now and then by pitching for semi-professional teams.

    Baseball Joe, Home Run King Lester Chadwick
  • Miss Quaver, with her staccato notes and semi-professional minauderies, is not exactly a queen of song.

  • Another objection to amateur performers is the semi-professional jealousy existing between them as to precedence on the program.

    Social Life Maud C. Cooke
  • "Too much work and not enough exercise," pronounced Archie, casting a semi-professional eye over him.

    Why Joan? Eleanor Mercein Kelly
  • Mrs. Phillimore is a semi-professional invalid, refined and unintelligent.

British Dictionary definitions for semi-professional


(of a person) engaged in an activity or sport part-time but for pay
(of an activity or sport) engaged in by semiprofessional people
of or relating to a person whose activities are professional in some respects: a semiprofessional pianist
a semiprofessional person
Derived Forms
semiprofessionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for semi-professional

1824, from semi- + professional (adj.). As a noun from 1843. Related: Semi-professionally.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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