American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A writer of insignificant, meretricious, or shoddy poetry.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A petty poet: a feeble rimester, or a writer of indifferent verses.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An inferior rhymer, or writer of verses; a dabbler in poetic art.
- Borrowed from the New Latin poētaster. poet + -aster (Wiktionary)
- New Latin poētaster : Latin poēta, poet; see poet + Latin -aster, pejorative suff. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The Norwegians still speak of him as himmelstraevende sublim ( "sublime in his heavenly aspiration"); the Danes will have it that he was an hysterical poetaster.”
“These two volumes belonged to clergyman and poetaster John Lea Simcox, who died in July 1840 at the age of 26; they were taken as a memorial by a friend, Laura Price, from Birmingham. eBay”
“I'm also pleased to see that they didn't include a poem by that poetaster Barack Obama, given that Moi, too, am running for President.”
“Jovianus Pontanus makes an old fool rhyme, and turn poetaster to please his mistress.”
“Sir Lewis Morris was a voluminous poetaster with a common mind.”
“A tweedy poetaster who spent his time spinning out parables and Japanese koans…or a bland Jesus who simply told people to look at lilies in the fields — such a Jesus would threaten no one, just as the university professors who create him the Jesus Seminar and their ilk threaten no one.”
“Was it knowledge of this passage, Master, or ignorance of everything else, that made certain of the common steadfast dunces of our days speak of thee as if thou hadst been a starveling, neglected poetaster, jealous forsooth of Maitre Francoys Rabelais?”
“Macedonia, the great Cardinal Richelieu a jealous poetaster, and the great”
“The whole race of Darling will be at my mercy — the pompous old Admiral, who refused to call on me till his idiot of a son persuaded him — that wretched poetaster, who reduced me to the ignominy of reading his own rubbish to him — and the haughty young woman that worships a savage who has treated me with insult.”
“I haven't heard Platen referred to as a poetaster.”
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