[ poh-it-as-ter ]
/ ˈpoʊ ɪtˌæs tər /


an inferior poet; a writer of indifferent verse.

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


/ (ˌpəʊɪˈtæstə, -ˈteɪ-) /


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



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

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