[ 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.

Words nearby amateurish

Origin of amateurish

First recorded in 1860–65; amateur + -ish1

OTHER WORDS FROM amateurish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for amateurish

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


lacking professional skill or expertise

Derived forms of amateurish

amateurishly, adverbamateurishness, noun
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