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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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 To unlock the politics that Trump embodies—the post-globalism tribe of the red MAGA hat, the alt-right’s thrall to blunt and inelegant power—and convey the quotidian experience of life right now, Kunzru settles on a metaphor: madness. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "Hari Kunzru’s Reckoning With the Far Right," 9 Sep. 2020 Barack Obama began pushing back against the Chinese, and then Donald Trump, in his inelegant, inconsistent fashion, pushed back even harder. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "President Trump’s one-man rules for TikTok," 28 Aug. 2020 In the scheme of a global pandemic, do a few inelegant words matter? Rumaan Alam, The New Yorker, "The Children Are Swearing More During Quarantine," 19 May 2020 The inelegant orange wedges that came with my school lunches were a personal insult. Connie Wang,, "Love In The Shape Of Cut Fruit," 4 May 2020 Scorsese’s movie is — for all of its cinematic excellence, lush design, and elegiac tone — sloppy and inelegant as a work of storytelling. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Hail the Romcom Masterpiece," 10 Dec. 2019 Best Natural Skin-Care Product Natural skin-care products used to be the sort of crunchy, inelegant formulas that only might work. Glamour Beauty Editors, Glamour, "Shop All the Glamour Beauty Awards Readers’ Choice Skin-Care Nominees," 15 Jan. 2020 The Montana 99 floorplate release is a spring-loaded catch--simple and inelegant, but effective. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "The four basic types of rifles: Bolt, Lever, Pump and Semi Auto," 7 Jan. 2020 Yovanovitch complained today about the inelegant circumstances of her withdrawal from Kiev, which was well within Trump’s constitutional powers to order. Deroy Murdock, National Review, "Schiff’s Impeachment Show Is Off to a Shaky Start," 15 Nov. 2019

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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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21 Sep 2020

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“Inelegant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of inelegant

somewhat formal : not graceful, attractive, or polite : not elegant

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