ungrammatical

adjective
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

Other Words from ungrammatical

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

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Examples of ungrammatical in a Sentence

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, 18 Oct. 2020 But to many Americans, the pronouns are ungrammatical and confusing. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, 16 Aug. 2019 The ungrammatical use of ellipses to convey a pause or . . . Lynda Robinson, Washington Post, 15 May 2018 None of that here in the pretentious, inauthentic speech of an ungrammatical kid. Toby Zinman, Philly.com, 11 June 2018 Yes, its ungrammatical slogan does not exactly roll off the tongue. Mark Lisanti, Vanities, 11 May 2018 That's when Zaydel fired back in ungrammatical English. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, 17 Oct. 2017 The Heart of Texas Facebook page is full of stilted, ungrammatical English. Tim Lister And Clare Sebastian, CNN, 5 Oct. 2017 See More

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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 26 Jun. 2022.

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