un·​gram·​mat·​i·​cal | \ ˌən-grə-ˈma-ti-kəl How to pronounce ungrammatical (audio) \

Definition of ungrammatical

: not following rules of grammar an ungrammatical sentence In another of his ipse dixit pronouncements, Webster condemned the adverbial use of adjectives in phrases like extreme cold, exceeding fine, and indifferent well as "very improper and ungrammatical."— Edward Finegan Surprisingly, even though it sounds ungrammatical, can't seem is accepted as a standard idiom that is no less awkward than saying "seems to be unable," …HarperCollins Publishers Idioms are forms of expression approved by usage, but often ungrammatical and illogical.— Simeon Potter

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ungrammaticality \ ˌən-​grə-​ˌma-​tə-​ˈka-​lə-​tē How to pronounce ungrammatical (audio) \ noun

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the résumé and its ungrammatical cover letter were summarily thrown in the trash
Recent Examples on the Web That could be useful for conversations where telegraphic, ungrammatical messages would come off as impolite. Tom Simonite, Wired, "Give These Apps Some Notes and They'll Write Emails for You," 18 Oct. 2020 But to many Americans, the pronouns are ungrammatical and confusing. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, "Braiden Schirtzinger is non-binary, pregnant and about to take on the most gendered role of all," 16 Aug. 2019 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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“Ungrammatical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ungrammatical. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ungrammatical

: not following the rules of grammar : not grammatical

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