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  1. an inferior poet; a writer of indifferent verse.
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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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Related Words for poetaster

artist, author, bard, dilettante, dramatist, lyricist, maker, muse, poetess, rhymer, rhymester, versifier, writer, balladist, librettist, lyrist, metrist, parodist, rhapsodist, rimer

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Historical Examples of poetaster

  • "Sir—sir—" spluttered the poetaster, crimson with anger and mortification.

    The Lion's Skin

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Jonson figures personally in the ‘Poetaster’ under the name of Horace.

  • The Satiromastix” may be considered as a parody on “The Poetaster.

  • Everybody of any education was either a poet or a poetaster.

  • Had it not been for this 'poetaster,' Kenilworth might never have been written.

British Dictionary definitions for poetaster


  1. a writer of inferior verse
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Word Origin for poetaster

C16: from Medieval Latin; see poet, -aster
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Word Origin and History for poetaster


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

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