amateur

Definitions

  • THE MISERIES OF A VERY AMATEUR GOLFER
    THE MISERIES OF A VERY AMATEUR GOLFER
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj amateur engaged in as a pastime "an amateur painter","gained valuable experience in amateur theatricals","recreational golfers","reading matter that is both recreational and mentally stimulating","unpaid extras in the documentary"
    • adj amateur lacking professional skill or expertise "a very amateurish job","inexpert but conscientious efforts","an unskilled painting"
    • n amateur someone who pursues a study or sport as a pastime
    • n amateur an athlete who does not play for pay
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Rudyard Kipling was fired as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. His dismissal letter was reported to have said, "I'm sorry, Mr. Kipling, but you just don't know how to use the English language. This isn't a kindergarten for amateur writers."
    • n Amateur A person attached to a particular pursuit, study, or science as to music or painting; esp. one who cultivates any study or art, from taste or attachment, without pursuing it professionally.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first Wimbledon Tennis Competition took place in 1877 solely as an amateur competition. Men's singles was the only event that took place. There were 22 competitors and the championship was won by Spencer Gore.
    • n amateur One who admires; an admirer; a lover.
    • n amateur One who has an especial love for any art, study, or pursuit, but does not practise it.
    • n amateur Most commonly, one who cultivates any study or art from taste or attachment, without pursuing it professionally or with a view to gain: often used of one who pursues a study or an art in a desultory, unskilful, or non-professional way.
    • n amateur Specifically, in sporting and athletics, an athlete who has never competed in a match open to all comers, or for a stake, or for public money, or for gate-money, or under a false name, or with a professional for a prize, and has never taught or pursued athletic exercises as a means of support.
    • amateur Pertaining to or having the character of an amateur: as, amateur work; an amateur pianist.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Stanley Cup came from the Governor General of Canada from 1888 to 1893, Sir Frederick Arthur Stanley. Stanley was a fan of hockey and presented a trophy to be contested by the best amateur hockey team in Canada. The amateur HNA would later become to NHL in 1917.
    • n Amateur am′at-ūr or am-at-ār′ one who cultivates a particular study or art for the love of it, and not professionally: in general terms, one who plays a game for pleasure, as distinguished from a professional who plays for money—nearly every game has its special definition to meet its own requirements
    • n Amateur am′at-ūr or am-at-ār′, one who cultivates a particular study or art for the love of it, and not professionally: in general terms, one who plays a game for pleasure, as distinguished from a professional who plays for money—nearly every game has its special definition to meet its own requirements
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Quotations

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Every artist was first an amateur.”
  • Garson Kanin
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    “Amateurs hope, professionals work.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
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    “Hell is full of musical amateurs: music is the brandy of the damned.”
  • Alvin Toffler
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    “Parenthood remains the greatest single preserve of the amateur.”
  • Ernest Hemingway
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    “I might say that what amateurs call a style is usually only the unavoidable awkwardnesses in first trying to make something that has not heretofore been made.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
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    “Artistic temperament is the disease that afflicts amateurs.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. amator, lover, fr. amare, to love
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L. amator, a lover, amāre, to love.

Usage

In literature:

I got out all the old albums of snapshots and amateur photos in the house.
"Our Casualty And Other Stories" by James Owen Hannay, AKA George A. Birmingham
Take the average amateurs who get together for music.
"The Pianolist" by Gustav Kobbé
Of all the trout, the rainbow is the hardiest, and the one with which the amateur pisciculturist is most likely to be successful.
"Amateur Fish Culture" by Charles Edward Walker
If a real salvaging company had turned the scheme down as impracticable, how could penniless amateurs hope?
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
It never fails to "jell," which point is the cause of so much anxiety to amateur jelly-makers.
"Golden Days for Boys and Girls" by Various
It had evidently been done by amateurs, and the whitewash which had been thickly applied to the passage was explained.
"The Green Rust" by Edgar Wallace
Cartel tried to impress his amateur leading lady, and succeeded not at all.
"The Cricket" by Marjorie Cooke
Previous speakers had made Hoggy out about as fine as Sir Philip Sidney, but they were amateurs.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
Sowing lawn-grass seed evenly is an undertaking that most amateurs fail in.
"Amateur Gardencraft" by Eben E. Rexford
He messed just opposite to me, and was I think one of the most exquisite amateur performers on the violin that I ever heard.
"The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, June 1844" by Various
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In poetry:

For the time of this ecstatic
Amateur was most erratic,
And he only hit the key
Once in every melody.
"The Waster Singing at Midnight" by Robert Fuller Murray
A full-fledged gun cannot endure
The trifling of an amateur;
Poor marksmanship its temper spoils
And this is why the gun recoils.
"The Hunter" by Ellis Parker Butler
A self-respecting gun I’m sure
Delights to jar the amateur
And thinks that it is no disgrace
To kick his shoulder out of place.
"The Hunter" by Ellis Parker Butler
All loosely he's striding, the amateur's riding
All loosely, some reverie locked in
Of a "vision in smoke", or a "wayfaring bloke",
His poetical rubbish concocting.
"Hippodromania; Or, Whiffs From The Pipe" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
That, all this while, his following had grown.
Around the column, seating was set out
For pious tourist, amateur devout —
The column had more glamour than a throne.
"The Stylite" by Rainer Maria Rilke
At concerts, too, if you prefer,
I could prevent your growing deaf,
By silencing the amateur
Before she reached that upper F.;
Or else, in lieu of half-a-brick,
Restrain some local Kubelik.
"A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss" by Harry Graham

In news:

Team Green, Kawasaki's amateur racing support program, has announced a contingency awards plan for the 2005 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) racing series.
Catherine Keener , amateur phrenologist, on giving and taking.
Join Schub and Stumpf, two amateur comedians and political scientists for a weekly satirical political report as unbiased as Fox News.
This burglar makes others look like amateurs.
Advice for amateur mushroom hunters.
More than 400 lighthouses in almost 50 countries and territories -- from Argentina to Wales -- will be on the air for 2012 International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend ( ILLW ), organized by Scotland's Ayr Amateur Radio Group ( AARG ).
More than 400 lighthouses in almost 50 countries and territories -- from Argentina to Wales -- will be on the air for 2012 International Lighthouse/ Lightship Weekend ( ILLW ), organized by Scotland's Ayr Amateur Radio Group ( AARG ).
It's been six summers since Larry Lis Jr won the last of his record five Stoney Hollow Tire Amateur Championships.
Three self-described bisexual men filed a federal lawsuit in April against the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance for disqualifying them from the Gay Softball World Series in Seattle in 2008 because they were not sufficiently gay.
Microphones in hand, fingers at the radio dial, the amateur radio operators reached out into the atmosphere in hopes of finding someone on the other end.
A documentary film is often part stunt, part lab experiment, and the way a documentary filmmaker pursues his or her story will always involve a bit of amateur sleuthing, as well as improvisation.
Hal Thomas, Content Manager at BFG Communications, joins us to talk about an app that can turn you into an amateur Scorsese.
Long before smartphones turned so many of us into amateur photographers and revolutionized how we depict each other through social media, there were the works of French Impressionist Edouard Manet .
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Long before smartphones turned so many of us into amateur photographers and revolutionized how we depict each other through social media, there were the works of French Impressionist Edouard Manet .
Manhood for Amateurs by Michael Chabon.
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In science:

Kurtz (to Kovacs): The amateurs can reach accuracies of 0.05 magnitudes and they reach 0.1 of a magnitude on a regular basis.
Observations of solar-like oscillations
Awards given in September by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific included outreach and amateur achievement to colleagues from Iran and the Czech Republic.
Astrophysics in 2006
Rectangular parallelepipeds, flummery being of Welsh origin, like the Keen Amateur Dentist.
Astrophysics in 2006
Just out of period, we ourselves were quoted as having said something was “reasonable,” when the actual remark was “as good as one could reasonably have expected.” (and we have tried hard to learn the lesson taught by The Keen Amateur Dentist that, if one doesn’t expect much, one is less likely to be disappointed).
Astrophysics in 2006
He won’t mind either, but astronomy is liable to lose out to the biologists (cf. percentage of top downloads from Nature above!) in festivities, or so says the keen amateur successor to the first dentist (Coppa et al. 2006).
Astrophysics in 2006
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