poetaster

[ poh-it-as-ter ]
/ ˈpoʊ ɪtˌæs tər /

noun

an inferior poet; a writer of indifferent verse.

Nearby words

  1. poepol,
  2. poesy,
  3. poet,
  4. poet laureate,
  5. poet.,
  6. poetess,
  7. poetic,
  8. poetic edda,
  9. poetic justice,
  10. poetic licence

Origin of poetaster

1590–1600; < Medieval Latin or New Latin; see poet, -aster1

Related formspo·et·as·ter·ing, po·et·as·ter·y, po·et·as·try, po·et·as·ter·ism, nounpo·et·as·tric, po·et·as·tri·cal, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for poetaster

poetaster

/ (ˌpəʊɪˈtæstə, -ˈteɪ-) /

noun

a writer of inferior verse

Word Origin for poetaster

C16: from Medieval Latin; see poet, -aster

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Word Origin and History for poetaster

poetaster

n.

1590s, from Middle French poetastre (1550s), from Latin poeta (see poet) + -aster, diminutive (pejorative) suffix. Old Norse had skaldfifl "poetaster."

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