Definition of incongruous in English:

incongruous

adjective

  • Not in harmony or keeping with the surroundings or other aspects of something:

    ‘the duffel coat looked incongruous with the black dress she wore underneath’
    • ‘The presence of Hollywood in this remote refugee camp seems incongruous.’
    • ‘And when drivers queue to allow a family of geese to amble across, it is one of those incongruous scenes which can only make you smile.’
    • ‘The spaghetti western mood was slightly dampened by an incongruous collection of artesania stalls in the square.’
    • ‘Having lived among it in its homeland though, US culture suddenly seems strangely incongruous here.’
    • ‘Such a scenario appears incongruous, if not abhorrent, to many.’
    • ‘The kitsch-Latino soundtrack is similarly apt and incongruous all at once.’
    • ‘The single pair of golden strappy high-heels nestling amongst my numerous black shoes does not look incongruous.’
    • ‘It was an incongruous mix: York drinkers, tourists and a movie crew, some from London and others from Los Angeles.’
    • ‘In the dream, his waking life seemed unreal and incongruous.’
    • ‘So we have some jangly guitar songs with a dancefloor four four beat, some incongruous soft rock and then some straightforward house.’
    • ‘Pan-fried foie gras followed swiftly, served with roasted fresh figs and a rather incongruous glass of Sauternes.’
    • ‘The result is a place which is rather incongruous, with only a small town centre surrounded by large numbers of houses.’
    • ‘Blackmore performs in a sartorial nightmare of clashing colours and incongruous items of clothing.’
    • ‘Emma's miniskirt formed an incongruous addition to this parade of shapeless sack dresses, zip off trousers and sandals.’
    • ‘It looks surprising and incongruous and somehow very British.’
    • ‘When I read over it today it seemed utterly incongruous with my current frame of mind - a ranty tantrum almost.’
    • ‘The early tone of the picture is strangely incongruous with the horrifying turn of events at the end.’
    • ‘Critics argue the park itself is incongruous in a country where around half the population of 130m lives below the poverty line.’
    • ‘In the end it was a victory for both the small punter and the world's leading book-maker, a slightly incongruous alliance.’
    • ‘But this was all a tad incongruous in the surroundings of what looked like a converted garage.’
    out of place, out of keeping, inappropriate, unsuitable, unsuited, not in harmony
    ill-matched, ill-assorted, mismatched, unharmonious, inconsistent, incompatible, different, dissimilar, contrasting, disparate, discrepant
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Origin

Early 17th century: from Latin incongruus (from in- not + congruus agreeing, suitable, from the verb congruere) + -ous.

Pronunciation:

incongruous

/ɪnˈkɒŋɡrʊəs/