[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.
  3. 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
Related formssem·i·pro·fes·sion·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for semi-professional

Contemporary Examples of semi-professional

  • For the next hour and half I was the willing sex slave of a semi-professional Master I had met through a friend.

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Historical Examples of semi-professional

  • He strolled in with a semi-professional air, and shook hands with affability.

    Vice Versa

    F. Anstey

  • As a matter of fact, Jim Pink was a sort of semi-professional minstrel.


    T.S. Stribling

  • Contact with these gave Terry Sheehan a semi-professional tone.

  • Miss Quaver, with her staccato notes and semi-professional minauderies, is not exactly a queen of song.

  • Its one setback had come from a semi-professional outfit of Dunkirk, and that score had been only seven to four against Lakeville.

British Dictionary definitions for semi-professional


  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
  3. of or relating to a person whose activities are professional in some respectsa semiprofessional pianist
  1. a semiprofessional person
Derived Formssemiprofessionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for semi-professional

1824, from semi- + professional (adj.). As a noun from 1843. Related: Semi-professionally.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper