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 for amateur
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Amateur \Am`a*teur"\, n. [F., fr. L. amator lover, fr. amare to
     love.]
     A person attached to a particular pursuit, study, or science
     as to music or painting; esp. one who cultivates any study or
     art, from taste or attachment, without pursuing it
     professionally.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  amateur
      adj 1: engaged in as a pastime; "an amateur painter"; "gained
             valuable experience in amateur theatricals";
             "recreational golfers"; "reading matter that is both
             recreational and mentally stimulating"; "unpaid extras in
             the documentary" [syn: amateur, recreational,
             unpaid]
      2: lacking professional skill or expertise; "a very amateurish
         job"; "inexpert but conscientious efforts"; "an unskilled
         painting" [syn: amateurish, amateur, inexpert,
         unskilled]
      n 1: someone who pursues a study or sport as a pastime
      2: an athlete who does not play for pay [ant: pro,
         professional]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  104 Moby Thesaurus words for "amateur":
     Sunday painter, abecedarian, admirer, aesthete, aficionado,
     amateurish, apprentice, arbiter, arbiter elegantiarum,
     arbiter of taste, authority, avocational, beginner, bon vivant,
     booster, buff, bungler, bungling, clumsy, cognoscente, collector,
     connaisseur, connoisseur, coquet, crank, critic, criticaster,
     crude, dabbler, dabbling, dabster, dallier, devotee, dilettante,
     dilettantish, enthusiast, epicure, epicurean, expert, faddist, fan,
     fancier, flirt, follower, freak, fribble, good judge, gourmand,
     gourmet, grammaticaster, greenhorn, groupie, half scholar,
     half-assed, half-baked, half-cocked, idolater, idolizer, immature,
     inexpert, infatuate, inferior, judge, lay, layman, maven, mediocre,
     neophyte, nonprofessional, novice, nut, philologaster,
     philosophaster, piddler, potterer, probationer, pundit, putterer,
     refined palate, rooter, savant, scholar, sciolist, sciolistic,
     second-rate, shallow, smatterer, smattering, sophomoric,
     specialist, superficial, technical expert, technician, tinker,
     trifler, tyro, unpaid, unprofessional, unskilled, untrained,
     virtuoso, votary, worshiper, zealot
  
  

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