Thesaurus

incompetent

adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms of incompetent

(Entry 1 of 2)

lacking qualities (as knowledge, skill, or ability) required to do a job
  • an incompetent carpenter had built the deck, and the railings were loose already

Synonyms for incompetent

Words Related to incompetent

Near Antonyms for incompetent

Antonyms for incompetent

incompetent

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of incompetent (Entry 2 of 2)

as in muddler

Synonyms & Near Synonyms for incompetent

Antonyms & Near Antonyms for incompetent

See the Dictionary Definition 

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about incompetent

Time Traveler for incompetent

Time Traveler

The first known use of incompetent was in 1595

See more words from the same year

Cite this Entry

“Incompetent.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/incompetent. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on incompetent

Dictionary: Definition of incompetent

Medical Dictionary: Definition of incompetent

Nglish: Translation of incompetent for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of incompetent for Arabic Speakers

Comments on incompetent

What made you want to look up incompetent? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!