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[poh-it-as-ter] /ˈpoʊ ɪtˌæs tər/

an inferior ; a writer of indifferent verse.
/ˌpəʊɪˈtæstə; -ˈteɪ-/
a writer of inferior verse

1590s, from Middle French poetastre (1550s), from Latin poeta (see poet) + -aster, diminutive (pejorative) suffix. Old Norse had skaldfifl “poetaster.”


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