Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A writer of insignificant, meretricious, or shoddy poetry.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A petty poet: a feeble rimester, or a writer of indifferent verses.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An inferior rhymer, or writer of verses; a dabbler in poetic art.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An unskilled poet.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin poētaster : Latin poēta, poet; see poet + Latin -aster, pejorative suff.]

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Borrowed from the New Latin poētaster. poet +‎ -aster

Examples

  • 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.

    Henrik Ibsen

  • 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.

    MY POEM IS BETTER THAN YOURS

  • 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

    The Little Professor:

  • 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.

    Henrik Ibsen

  • 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.

    Archive 2008-10-01

  • 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

    This Week's Acquisitions

  • Sir Lewis Morris was a voluminous poetaster with a common mind.

    Oscar Wilde, His Life and Confessions

  • 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.

    Archive 2007-09-09

  • 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.

    Jesus and Mohammad, Version 2.0

  • Jovianus Pontanus makes an old fool rhyme, and turn poetaster to please his mistress.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

Comments

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  • Since a poe might be a now-dead writer, a port of embarkation or a ghost in the Legand of Zelda games, I should imagine this might be an unpopular job...

    (Yes, I know ;-) — but it might have been.)

    December 1, 2007

  • That's close to what I always think every time I see this word. Only I think "poet" rather than "Poe," despite the fact that there is no double T. Blecch.

    December 2, 2007

  • Is there also such a thing as a prosaster?

    July 11, 2015

  • I prayed to my muse and I asked her

    A word for a prose poetaster.

    She told me directly,

    "To fail so abjectly

    Is classed as a simple disaster."

    July 12, 2015