[am-uh-choo r-ish, -chur-, -tyoo r-, -tur-]


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 formsam·a·teur·ish·ly, adverbam·a·teur·ish·ness, nounpseu·do·am·a·teur·ish, adjectivepseu·do·am·a·teur·ish·ly, adverbqua·si-am·a·teur·ish, adjectivequa·si-am·a·teur·ish·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of amateurish

Historical Examples of amateurish

  • She felt that he despised them as amateurish, and secretly resented it.


    John Galsworthy

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

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

  • "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.

British Dictionary definitions for amateurish



lacking professional skill or expertise
Derived Formsamateurishly, adverbamateurishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for amateurish

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper