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[in-el-i-guh nt] /ɪnˈɛl ɪ gənt/
not elegant; lacking in refinement, gracefulness, or good taste.
Origin of inelegant
1500-10; < Latin inēlegant- (stem of inēlegāns). See in-3, elegant
Related forms
inelegantly, adverb Unabridged
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  • Our technique was inelegant, with comic decelerations and skids along the hot desert floor.
  • But he recognises that controls on inflows, though inelegant, may be necessary at times.
  • Gauss never published the idea, perhaps because he found it inelegant.
  • The screenplay is inelegant but lively, and the direction gives the material a wicked edge.
  • In his fantasies, they answer in the same inelegant jargon, having become grotesque echoes of himself.
  • It is in vain to tell them that this dodging process is an inelegant provincialism.
British Dictionary definitions for inelegant


lacking in elegance or refinement; unpolished or graceless
coarse or crude
Derived Forms
inelegance, inelegancy, noun
inelegantly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inelegant

c.1500, from French inélégant (15c.), from Latin inelegantem (nominative inelegans) "not choice, without taste, without judgment," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + elegans (see elegant). Related: Inelegantly; inelegance.

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