minor or unimportant poet, 1660s, from Italian sonettiere, from sonetto (see sonnet). As a verb from 1797 (implied in sonnetteering.
Examples from the Web for sonnetteer
It is, however, as a sonnetteer he will be longest remembered, and as a writer of miscellaneous verses.Literary Celebrities of the English Lake-District|Frederick Sessions
Repeatedly does the sonnetteer renew the assurance given there that his patron is ‘part of all’ he has or is.
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.The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 1 (of 4)|Thomas Babington Macaulay