minor or unimportant poet, 1660s, from Italian sonettiere, from sonetto (see sonnet). As a verb from 1797 (implied in sonnetteering.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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
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
Repeatedly does the sonnetteer renew the assurance given there that his patron is ‘part of all’ he has or is.