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Not of or belonging to a particular profession; nonprofessional:
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  1. Not of or belonging to a particular profession; nonprofessional:
  2. Not belonging to the clergy, but associated with them.
  3. Of, relating to, or involving the laity:
Not receiving pay
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  1. Not receiving pay
  2. Not yet discharged or settled by or as by payment
  3. Without wages or salary included
Not experienced; lacking knowledge or experience; green.
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  1. Not experienced; lacking knowledge or experience; green.
Of, relating to, or being an avocation
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  1. Of, relating to, or being an avocation
Like an amateur; inexpert; unskillful
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  1. Like an amateur; inexpert; unskillful
  2. Characteristic of an amateur; not professional.
Of a person or workforce: not having a skill or technical training.
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  1. Of a person or workforce: not having a skill or technical training.
  2. Showing a lack of skill
  3. Of a made object: inexpertly made or showing a lack of skill.
Not expert; unskilled.
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  1. Not expert; unskilled.
Of, relating to, or played in a sandlot:
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  1. Of, relating to, or played in a sandlot:
  2. Of or having to do with baseball as played by amateurs, now usually in organized leagues
One who is not a professional.
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  1. One who is not a professional.
By analogy, someone who is not a professional in a given field
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  1. By analogy, someone who is not a professional in a given field
  2. Lay-sister or lay-brother, person received into a convent of monks, following the vows, but not being member of the order
  3. One who is a nonprofessional in a given field.
A layman
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  1. A layman
  2. A person who is not a cleric
  3. One who is not intimately familiar with a given subject or activity
One who is just starting to learn or do something; a novice.
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  1. One who is just starting to learn or do something; a novice.
  2. A person just beginning to do or learn something; inexperienced, unskilled person; novice
A person new to a particular occupation, activity, etc.; apprentice; beginner; tyro
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  1. A person new to a particular occupation, activity, etc.; apprentice; beginner; tyro
  2. A person who has entered a religious order but has not yet taken final vows.
(Biology, ecology) A new member of a certain population, usually referring to a juvenile.
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  1. (Biology, ecology) A new member of a certain population, usually referring to a juvenile.
  2. A person enlisted for service in the army; a newly enlisted soldier.
  3. A newly engaged member of a military force, especially one of the lowest rank or grade.
One who dabbles in an art or a field of knowledge.
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  1. One who dabbles in an art or a field of knowledge.
  2. A person who follows an art or science only for amusement and in a superficial way; dabbler
  3. (Now Rare) A person who loves the fine arts
One who is on probation
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  1. One who is on probation
  2. A person on probation.
A person who aspires, as after honors, high position, etc.
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  1. A person who aspires, as after honors, high position, etc.
  2. One who aspires, as to advancement, honors, or a high position.
A person who aspires to success or who shows promise of succeeding, especially as a political candidate:
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  1. A person who aspires to success or who shows promise of succeeding, especially as a political candidate:
  2. A person who hopes, or seems likely, to succeed
A beginner in learning something; novice
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  1. A beginner in learning something; novice
A person learning the alphabet; beginning student
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  1. A person learning the alphabet; beginning student
  2. (Historical) A member of a 16th-century Anabaptist sect, follower of the Zwickau prophets (specially of Thomas Storch), who believed that any kind of knowledge (even basic reading and writing) would keep one from reaching obtaining salvation. [from 19th c.]
  3. A beginner; a novice.
A beginner or novice:
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  1. A beginner or novice:
  2. A novice of a religious order or congregation.
  3. One just beginning a new kind of life, work, etc.; beginner; novice
One who has been introduced to or has attained some knowledge in a particular field.
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  1. One who has been introduced to or has attained some knowledge in a particular field.
  2. A person who has recently been, or is about to be, initiated
A person who is acquiring a trade, craft, or skill under specified conditions, usually as a member of a labor union
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  1. A person who is acquiring a trade, craft, or skill under specified conditions, usually as a member of a labor union
  2. A person under legal agreement to work a specified length of time for a master craftsman in a craft or trade in return for instruction and, formerly, support
  3. Any learner or beginner; novice
A practitioner of do it yourself
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  1. A practitioner of do it yourself
A person who is interested in a subject or an activity as a hobby
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  1. A person who is interested in a subject or an activity as a hobby
A student in the first-year class of a high school, college, or university.
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  1. A student in the first-year class of a high school, college, or university.
  2. A person in the first year, term, etc. of some enterprise
  3. A beginner; novice
A newcomer to the region in the old U.S. frontier days.
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  1. A newcomer to the region in the old U.S. frontier days.
  2. An inexperienced person; a novice
  3. Any newcomer, novice, or beginner
(Bible, person, proper) Noah's second son: Gen. 6:10
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  1. (Bible, person, proper) Noah's second son: Gen. 6:10
  2. (Informal) An amateur or incompetent performer, esp. an actor who performs with showy exaggeration
  3. The thigh of the hind leg of certain animals, especially a hog.
(Sports) A first-year or first-time player in a particular league, event, etc.
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  1. (Sports) A first-year or first-time player in a particular league, event, etc.
  2. An inexperienced person; a novice.
  3. (Informal) Any beginner or novice
(--- Now Rare) A newly arrived immigrant
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  1. (--- Now Rare) A newly arrived immigrant
  2. An inexperienced or immature person, especially one who is easily deceived.
  3. An inexperienced person; beginner; novice
A novice or learner, particularly in newspaper reporting.
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  1. A novice or learner, particularly in newspaper reporting.
  2. Cub Scout
  3. One of the young of bears, wolves, lions, pandas, or certain other animals.
Agent noun of fumble; one who fumbles.
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  1. Agent noun of fumble; one who fumbles.
Someone who makes mistakes because of incompetence
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A lump, esp. a lump of earth, clay, loam, etc.
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  1. A lump, esp. a lump of earth, clay, loam, etc.
  2. A lump or chunk, especially of earth or clay.
  3. A dull, stupid person; dolt
(Now Rare) A person who loves the fine arts
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  1. (Now Rare) A person who loves the fine arts
  2. One who dabbles in an art or a field of knowledge.
  3. A person who follows an art or science only for amusement and in a superficial way; dabbler
One who is not a professional.
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  1. One who is not a professional.
One who smatters; one who dabbles in or experiments with a little bit of everything, especially knowledge.
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  1. One who smatters; one who dabbles in or experiments with a little bit of everything, especially knowledge.

Synonym Study

  • Tyro refers to an inexperienced but self-assertive beginner and generally connotes incompetence
  • Novice and neophyte refer to one who is a beginner, hence inexperienced, in some activity, neophyte carrying additional connotations of youthful enthusiasm
  • A dilettante is an amateur in the arts, usually applied disparagingly to a superficial dabbler
  • Amateur refers to one who does something for the pleasure of it rather than for pay and often implies a relative lack of skill
Find another word for amateur. In this page you can discover 50 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for amateur, like: nonprofessional, lay, unpaid, inexperienced, avocational, dilettantish, amateurish, unskilled, inexpert, sandlot and nonprofessional.