- 1Having or showing a lack of physical grace, elegance, or refinement: he came skidding to an inelegant halt an inelegant bellow of laughterMore example sentences
unrefined, uncouth, unsophisticated, unpolished, uncultured, uncultivated, gauche; crude, ill-bred, coarse, vulgar, rude, impolite, unmannerlyungraceful, graceless, ungainly, uncoordinated, gawky, gangling, awkward, clumsy, lumbering, blundering; inept, unskilful, inexpert• informal with two left feet, like a bull in a china shop
- 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.
- 1.1(Of language) unpolished: an inelegant titleMore 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.
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- 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.
early 16th century: from French inélégant, from Latin inelegant-, from in- 'not' + Latin elegant- 'fastidious, refined' (see elegant).