Amateur vs Naive - What's the difference?

amateur | naive |

As a noun amateur

is .

As an adjective naive is




(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



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    (en adjective)
  • Lacking worldly experience, wisdom, or judgement; unsophisticated.
  • Surely you're not naive enough to believe adverts!
  • (of art) Produced in a simple, childlike style, deliberately rejecting sophisticated techniques.
  • I've always liked the naive way in which he ignores all the background detail.


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    Derived terms

    * naively * naivete * naivety * naiveness


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