• WordNet 3.6
    • adj amateurish lacking professional skill or expertise "a very amateurish job","inexpert but conscientious efforts","an unskilled painting"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Amateurish In the style of an amateur; superficial or defective like the work of an amateur.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • amateurish Pertaining to or characteristic of an amateur; having the faults or deficiencies of an amateur or a non-professional.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Amateurish imperfect and defective, as the work of an amateur rather than a professional hand
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L. amator, a lover, amāre, to love.


In literature:

And up to their usual amateurish spy stunts!
"Tom Swift and the Electronic Hydrolung" by Victor Appleton
But I also have been studying the problem in a purely amateurish way, of course.
"The Triumphs of Eugène Valmont" by Robert Barr
Its back wall had an amateurish look.
"Murder at Bridge" by Anne Austin
He doesn't much mind my being amateurish, but he hates me to be disrespectful.
"Set in Silver" by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
Ours is an amateurish hotel, especially since the war.
"Everyman's Land" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Occasionally he has exhibited a rather amateurish effort to be grimy and shirt-sleeved.
"A Preface to Politics" by Walter Lippmann
He felt that it was a sign of raw youth and amateurishness, as when a medical student faints at first sight of the dissecting table.
"A Soldier of the Legion" by C. N. Williamson
And who will look at that amateurish stuff?
"The Melting-Pot" by Israel Zangwill
His novels were crude and amateurish, and have long since become negligible; but his verse is somewhat more important.
"American Men of Mind" by Burton E. Stevenson
It was full of faults; it was melodramatic, it was amateurish, but it was passionately alive.
"The Lowest Rung" by Mary Cholmondeley

In news:

Yemen packages may signal Al Qaeda franchise is ' amateurish '.
Many professional mechanics consider it "amateurish" to put your name on wrenches, sockets or screwdrivers, and I admit it's a bit fussy to mark every single tool.
In the latest twist to the Innocence of Muslims saga -- the amateurishly made anti-Islamic film that set off anti-U.
I saw "Lincoln" over the weekend and thought it was both great fun to watch and weirdly amateurish, as if Hollywood's A-list all decided to pitch in on a community-theater production about Abraham Lincoln.
Amateurish use of Photoshop causes yet another BP embarrassment.
Amateurish but sincere, this local indie drama addresses several pressing issues in the lives of south-side youth: gun violence, teen pregnancy, and the high number of public-school dropouts.
But who was behind that amateurish video remains a mystery.
It is, however, haphazard and amateurish.
The 'docudrama' is an amateurish reconstruction of a World War II bombing mission that went awry.
Hollywood cannot pollute the ozone with anything more idiotic, contrived, amateurish or sub-mental than Lady in the Water.
When the bomb squad looked inside, they found an "amateurish" car bomb: 5-gallon jugs of gasoline.
It's resolutely unmagical: the closest thing to wizardry is the ability to hack into the amateurish Pagford Parish Council Web site.