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minor or unimportant poet, 1660s, from Italian sonettiere, from sonetto (see sonnet). As a verb from 1797 (implied in sonnetteering.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for sonnetteer

Historical Examples of sonnetteer

  • It is, however, as a sonnetteer he will be longest remembered, and as a writer of miscellaneous verses.

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    Frederick Sessions

  • The woman, the sonnetteer continues, has corrupted the man and has drawn him from his ‘side.’

  • His love was the love of a sonnetteer:—his patriotism was the patriotism of an antiquarian.

  • Repeatedly does the sonnetteer renew the assurance given there that his patron is ‘part of all’ he has or is.