un·​gram·​mat·​i·​cal | \ˌən-grə-ˈma-ti-kəl \

Definition of ungrammatical 

: not following rules of grammar

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ungrammaticality \ ˌən-​grə-​ˌma-​tə-​ˈka-​lə-​tē \ noun

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the résumé and its ungrammatical cover letter were summarily thrown in the trash

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The ungrammatical use of ellipses to convey a pause or . . . Lynda Robinson, Washington Post, "‘Piercingly funny’: Tom Wolfe’s years as a Washington Post reporter," 15 May 2018 None of that here in the pretentious, inauthentic speech of an ungrammatical kid. Toby Zinman, Philly.com, "'Red Bike' by Simpatico Theatre: Dreary outlook, tedious play," 11 June 2018 Yes, its ungrammatical slogan does not exactly roll off the tongue. Mark Lisanti, Vanities, "The Trump Family Power Rankings: Be Best, but Not Too Best," 11 May 2018 That's when Zaydel fired back in ungrammatical English. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Metro Detroit fugitive surrenders after cops get 1,000 Facebook shares of his photo," 17 Oct. 2017 The Heart of Texas Facebook page is full of stilted, ungrammatical English. Tim Lister And Clare Sebastian, CNN, "Stoking Islamophobia and secession in Texas -- from an office in Russia," 5 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of ungrammatical

1654, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ungrammatical was in 1654

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English Language Learners Definition of ungrammatical

: not following the rules of grammar : not grammatical

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