amateurish

[ am-uh-choo r-ish, -chur-, -tyoo r-, -tur- ]
/ ˌæm əˈtʃʊər ɪʃ, -ˈtʃɜr-, -ˈtyʊər-, -ˈtɜr- /

adjective

characteristic of an amateur, especially in having the faults or deficiencies of an amateur; inept: Though an enthusiastic violinist, he gave an amateurish performance.

Nearby words

  1. amata,
  2. amate,
  3. amaterasu,
  4. amateur,
  5. amateur night,
  6. amateurism,
  7. amathi,
  8. amati,
  9. amative,
  10. amatively

Origin of amateurish

First recorded in 1860–65; amateur + -ish1

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British Dictionary definitions for amateurish

amateurish

/ (ˈæmətərɪʃ, -tʃər-, -ˌtʃʊər-, ˌæməˈtɜːrɪʃ) /

adjective

lacking professional skill or expertise
Derived Formsamateurishly, adverbamateurishness, noun

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Word Origin and History for amateurish

amateurish

adj.

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

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