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 of inelegant from the Web
Erin Brockovich, Forrest Gump, Pretty Woman, A League of Their Own, Good Will Hunting—the template is dusty and inelegant.
New York’s subway was considered dirty and crime-ridden, and its stations cramped and inelegant.
This makes the show feel inelegant, and a bit unsexy, but also exceedingly in tune with the realities of the music industry.
QR codes have always been a kind of half-measure, a useful but inelegant transitional technology; the ultimate goal is augmented reality.
The inelegant double negative is a mild-mannered but firm declaration of independence.
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Origin and Etymology of inelegant
First Known Use: circa 1570See Words from the same year
Synonymsclumsy, gauche, graceless, awkward, rough-hewn, rustic (also rustical), stiff, stilted, uncomfortable, uneasy, ungraceful, wooden
Antonymsgraceful, suave, urbane
Related Wordsangular, gawky, lubberly, ungainly; boorish, clownish, uncouth; abashed, discomfited, discomforted, discomposed, disconcerted, discountenanced, embarrassed; self-conscious; agitated, bothered, chagrined, dismayed, disquieted, distressed, disturbed, fazed, flustered, jittery, jumpy, mortified, nervous, nonplussed (also nonplused), perturbed, rattled, unhinged, unsettled, upset; diffident, insecure, meek, modest, self-doubting, timid, unassertive, unassuming, unpretentious
Near Antonymsassured, calm, collected, composed, confident, cool, placid, poised, secure, self-assured, self-confident, self-possessed, serene, tranquil, undisturbed, unperturbed
INELEGANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inelegant for English Language Learners
: not graceful, attractive, or polite : not elegant
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