Definition of inelegant
: lacking in refinement, grace, or good taste
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
This makes the show feel inelegant, and a bit unsexy, but also exceedingly in tune with the realities of the music industry.
The inelegant double negative is a mild-mannered but firm declaration of independence.
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Origin and Etymology of inelegant
Middle French, from Latin inelegant-, inelegans, from in- + elegant-, elegans elegant
First Known Use: circa 1570
INELEGANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inelegant for English Language Learners
: not graceful, attractive, or polite : not elegant
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