amateurish amateurish  /ˈæ mə tʃə rɪʃ/


  • (adj) lacking professional skill or expertise



  1. Japan's undisputed tattoo sensei, Horiyoshi, is unimpressed with these amateurish scratchings that now abound.
  2. Right now President Obama and his team look at times amateurish and somewhat overmatched by events.
  3. That reputation suited him just fine, although he privately believed in Big Business and was just as wary of unrestrained, amateurish competition.


  • ''To Do List'' Scores: Not a homerun, but Maggie Carey's directorial debut is no strikeout

    Film: The To Do List isn't perfect. It moves in fits and starts, slipping in and out of rhythm in clumsy, amateurish ways. It's wildly enthusiastic, but it can't quite meet its own high expectations. Just as the story starts to firm up, a flaccid joke kills the mood. Basically, we're watching writer and director Maggie Carey lose her filmmaking virginity -- and to be honest, it doesn't seem all ...
    on July 25, 2013     Source: Metro Weekly


  1. "It came off as amateurish, and even the tempo in which he spoke was singsongy," Williams said, adding that the content of the speech was "very simplistic and almost childish."
    on Feb 25, 2009 By: Juan Williams Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. ...Constable Hugh Orde said the explosives inside the bag, which convicted killer Michael Stone threw into the lobby of Stormont Parliamentary Building during a debate on power-sharing, were "fairly amateurish in design. That does not make...
    on Nov 24, 2006 By: Hugh Orde Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. Quoting the results of an initial Dutch probe, Horst told reporters: "The preparation of the failed attack against passenger flight NW 253 Amsterdam-Detroit was fairly professional, but its execution was amateurish. The explosive used is not easy to...
    on Dec 28, 2009 By: Guusje ter Horst Source: AFP

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