[ sem-ee-pruh-fesh-uh-nl, sem-ahy- ]

  1. actively engaged in some field or sport for pay but on a part-time basis: semiprofessional baseball players.

  2. engaged in by paid, part-time people: semiprofessional football.

  1. having some features of professional work but requiring less knowledge, skill, and judgment: a semiprofessional job.

  1. a person who is active in some field or sport for pay on a part-time basis.

Origin of semiprofessional

First recorded in 1895–1900; semi- + professional

Other words from semiprofessional

  • sem·i·pro·fes·sion·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use semiprofessional in a sentence

  • Many of the troubles of inventors can be traced originally to certain semi-professional men who call themselves patent attorneys.

  • I suppose he picks up a few dollars now and then by pitching for semi-professional teams.

    Baseball Joe, Home Run King | Lester Chadwick

British Dictionary definitions for semiprofessional


/ (ˌsɛmɪprəˈfɛʃənəl) /

  1. (of a person) engaged in an activity or sport part-time but for pay

  2. (of an activity or sport) engaged in by semiprofessional people

  1. of or relating to a person whose activities are professional in some respects: a semiprofessional pianist

  1. a semiprofessional person

Derived forms of semiprofessional

  • semiprofessionally, adverb

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