Definition of inelegant in English:

inelegant

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

Derivatives

inelegance

noun
More 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

adverb
More 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.

Origin

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

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