not a member of or trained in a specific profession.
Sports. not offering or engaged in for payment or a monetary prize; amateur: a nonprofessional league; a nonprofessional player.


a person who is not a professional.
an amateur athlete.

Origin of nonprofessional

First recorded in 1795–1805; non- + professional
Related formsnon·pro·fes·sion·al·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for nonprofessional

amateur, lay, dilettantish, dabbler, dilettante, laic, laity, layman, tyro, laywoman

Examples from the Web for nonprofessional

Historical Examples of nonprofessional

  • For the ulceration it is useless to prescribe, because it can neither be diagnosed nor topically treated by the nonprofessional.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture

  • Another and oftentimes fatal mistake made by the nonprofessional is the indiscriminate and reckless use of aconite.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture

  • There was nothing more he could do at the moment—the autosurgeon's decisions were safer than any nonprofessional's guesswork.

    The Winds of Time

    James H. Schmitz

  • It is more vividly brought home to us from the nonprofessional, the disinterested and involuntary testimony of secular writing.

    Preaching and Paganism

    Albert Parker Fitch

British Dictionary definitions for nonprofessional



not of, relating to, suitable for, or engaged in a profession
not undertaken or performed for gain or by people who are paid
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