in·​el·​e·​gant | \ (ˌ)i-ˈne-li-gənt How to pronounce inelegant (audio) \

Definition of inelegant

: lacking in refinement, grace, or good taste

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Other Words from inelegant

inelegantly adverb

Examples of inelegant in a Sentence

inelegant teens still learning how to act at formal events inelegant furniture that looked like it belonged in a budget motel
Recent Examples on the Web Very similar to Pluto, with a solid (if inelegant) interface which delivers 200+ virtual channels spread across a dozen categories, plus a decent collection of older, on-demand movies. Josef Adalian, Vulture, 21 June 2021 Fourth, praise ingenuity and adaptation, even if inelegant. Constance Dierickx, Forbes, 10 May 2021 The size of the eMeet Jupiter is best described as chunky and slightly inelegant. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 16 Apr. 2021 Hence, McConnell’s conundrum, which manifested in this week’s brazen and inelegant shut-up-but-give stance. Philip Elliott, Time, 7 Apr. 2021 Lee also discusses vaccine passports, government spending and his sometimes inelegant use of hyperbolic language. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 Apr. 2021 Biden often says the wrong thing, the awkward thing, the inelegant thing, on the subject of race. Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2021 Soon after, another superior tears Robert’s inelegant pocket off his shirt. Rory Satran, WSJ, 19 Dec. 2020 The whole thing feels inelegant compared to Apple’s typical style. Popular Science, 30 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of inelegant

circa 1570, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for inelegant

Middle French, from Latin inelegant-, inelegans, from in- + elegant-, elegans elegant

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The first known use of inelegant was circa 1570

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“Inelegant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of inelegant

: not graceful, attractive, or polite : not elegant

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