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[am-uh-choo r-ish, -chur-, -tyoo r-, -tur-] /ˌæm əˈtʃʊər ɪʃ, -ˈtʃɜr-, -ˈtyʊər-, -ˈtɜr-/
characteristic of an amateur, especially in having the faults or deficiencies of an amateur; inept:
Though an enthusiastic violinist, he gave an amateurish performance.
Origin of amateurish
1860-65; amateur + -ish1
Related forms
amateurishly, adverb
amateurishness, noun
pseudoamateurish, adjective
pseudoamateurishly, adverb
quasi-amateurish, adjective
quasi-amateurishly, adverb Unabridged
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  • Even the amateurish mounting job could not diminish their power.
  • The rather amateurish quality of the website is telling.
  • The pre-frozen fried items were cold in the middle and the service strictly amateurish.
  • In fact, they were so enamored of their amateurish designs that they valued them as highly as origami made by experts.
  • Sad truth is that this was really amateurish overall.
  • The space was hot and loud, the service well-meaning but amateurish.
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  • For the smug people here who think this was amateurish- let's see if any of them can come up with a better video.
  • Here the vintage clips of the clubs are blurry and amateurish.
  • Occasionally he speaks his lines awkwardly, which is not always astonishing, for the dialogue is sadly amateurish.
British Dictionary definitions for amateurish


/ˈæmətərɪʃ; -tʃər-; -ˌtʃʊər-; ˌæməˈtɜːrɪʃ/
lacking professional skill or expertise
Derived Forms
amateurishly, adverb
amateurishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for amateurish

1863; from amateur + -ish. Related: Amateurishly; amateurishness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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