Share this entry

Share this page

inelegant

Line breaks: in|ele¦gant
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈɛlɪɡ(ə)nt
 
/

Definition of inelegant in English:

adjective

1Having or showing a lack of physical grace, elegance, or refinement: he came skidding to an inelegant halt an inelegant bellow of laughter
More example sentences
  • Good games can be elegant or inelegant, elegant games can be good or bad.
  • His ungainly, inelegant posture can leave him exposed against nimbler opponents, and he easily attracts ridicule.
  • The penultimate movement (in which the four soloists sing with both choirs) just sort of unravelled at the end and slumped to a very inelegant mess.
Synonyms
1.1(Of language) unpolished: an inelegant title
More example sentences
  • First, the book is loaded with the technical and markedly inelegant jargon of postmodern philosophy.
  • One objection is that they'll let various inelegant usages into the language, but that is a tough basis on which to make one's argument.
  • Although written in rather inelegant and sometimes ungrammatical prose, this is an insightful and original work, based on a remarkable range of evidence.

Origin

early 16th century: from French inélégant, from Latin inelegant-, from in- 'not' + Latin elegant- 'fastidious, refined' (see elegant).

Derivatives

inelegance

1
noun
Example sentences
  • It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.
  • The company hated its inelegance and destroyed many copies.
  • Mind you, sartorial inelegance is hardly a crime.

inelegantly

2
adverb
Example sentences
  • I could not be more pleased that we are having this debate, however inelegantly it may have been brought up, because that is a very good question.
  • I came across a sign the other day, inelegantly scrawled on cardboard and stuck to a telephone pole.
  • As I scrambled inelegantly up into the driver's seat, I began to regret my gung-ho attitude of earlier that day.

Definition of inelegant in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day emulous
Pronunciation: ˈɛmjʊləs
adjective
seeking to emulate someone or something