amateur

An amateur is a person who does something for enjoyment, not money, like an amateur who paints as a hobby but earns a living another way.

The adjective amateur often describes a pastime, like an amateur sports league that people join to get exercise and socialize together. Or it can have a negative meaning and describe something that's poorly done. If your guests leave your dinner table and stop for fast food on the way home, you may be ashamed of your amateur cooking skills. Amateur originated as a French word, meaning "lover of," not "expert."

Definitions of amateur
  1. noun
    someone who pursues a study or sport as a pastime
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    types:
    bird watcher, birder
    a person who identifies and studies birds in their natural habitats
    dabbler, dilettante, sciolist
    an amateur who engages in an activity without serious intentions and who pretends to have knowledge
    hobbyist
    a person who pursues an activity in their spare time for pleasure
    type of:
    individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
    a human being
  2. noun
    an athlete who does not play for pay
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    Antonyms:
    pro, professional
    an athlete who plays for pay
    types:
    outdoor man, sporting man
    someone who enjoys outdoor activities
    type of:
    athlete, jock
    a person trained to compete in sports
  3. adjective
    engaged in as a pastime
    “an amateur painter”
    “gained valuable experience in amateur theatricals”
    synonyms: recreational, unpaid
    nonprofessional
    not professional; not engaged in a profession or engaging in as a profession or for gain
  4. adjective
    lacking professional skill or expertise
    synonyms: amateurish, inexpert, unskilled
    unprofessional
    not characteristic of or befitting a profession or one engaged in a profession
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