Inexpert vs Amateur - What's the difference?

inexpert | amateur |

As adjectives the difference between inexpert and amateur

is that inexpert is inept or unskilled; not of expert ability or quality while amateur is non-professional.

As a noun amateur is

a lover {{term|of}} something.




(en adjective)
  • Inept or unskilled; not of expert ability or quality.
  • My inexpert attempts at repairing the hole with duct tape only made the problem worse.


    *(inept or unskilled ): amateurish, clumsy, bungling, maladroit


    *(inept or unskilled ): adept, proficient, professional, skillful



    (en noun)
  • A lover (of) something.
  • * 2006 , John Hailman, Thomas Jefferson on Wine , University of Mississippi 2006, p. x:
  • he conducted extensive correspondence on wines with European suppliers, employing a wine vocabulary familiar to any modern amateur of wines.
  • A person attached to a particular pursuit, study, or science as to music or painting; especially one who cultivates any study or art, from taste or attachment, without pursuing it professionally.
  • She is an accomplished amateur woodworker.
  • Someone who is unqualified or insufficiently skillful.
  • The entire thing was built by some amateurs with screwdrivers and plywood.

    Derived terms

    * radio amateur


    * dilettante * bungler


    (en adjective)
  • Non-professional.
  • Created, done, or populated by amateurs or non-professionals.
  • amateur sports
  • Showing a lack of professionalism, experience or talent.
  • Duct tape is a sure sign of amateur workmanship.

    Derived terms

    * amateur hour * amateur night