incongruous


in·con·gru·ous

adjective \(ˌ)in-ˈkäŋ-grə-wəs\

: strange because of not agreeing with what is usual or expected

Full Definition of INCONGRUOUS

:  lacking congruity: as
a :  not harmonious :  incompatible <incongruous colors>
b :  not conforming :  disagreeing <conduct incongruous with principle>
c :  inconsistent within itself <an incongruous story>
d :  lacking propriety :  unsuitable <incongruous manners>
in·con·gru·ous·ly adverb
in·con·gru·ous·ness noun

Examples of INCONGRUOUS

  1. His outburst seemed incongruous to those who know him well.
  2. <there's an incongruous modernism to the actor's performance in this period piece>
  3. There is something incongruous about Oslo. —Hugh C. McDonald, The Hour of the Blue Fox, 1975

Origin of INCONGRUOUS

Late Latin incongruus, from Latin in- + congruus congruous
First Known Use: 1611

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: inconjunct
Previous Word in the Dictionary: incongruity
All Words Near: incongruous

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up incongruous? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More