Definition of "poetaster" [po•et•as•ter]

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

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Use "poetaster" in a sentence
  • "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."