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1Having or showing a lack of physical grace, elegance, or refinement:‘he came skidding to an inelegant halt’‘an inelegant bellow of laughter’
ungraceful, graceless, ungainly, uncoordinated, gawky, gangling, awkward, clumsy, lumbering, blunderingunrefined, uncouth, unsophisticated, unpolished, uncultured, uncultivated, gaucheView synonyms
- ‘My walk is an inelegant bob… as if navigating a choppy sea.’
- ‘In 37 years it has never looked so inelegant and bedraggled.’
- ‘It was brutish and inelegant but hugely enjoyable.’
- ‘The use of inelegant and possibly inappropriate kanji floored me, and to top it all off, I was sitting in front of speakers blasting Indian fusion music.’
- ‘Second only to the inelegant word ‘Kafkaesque’, the term ‘Orwellian’ is the next most over-used adjective in the English language.’
- ‘His ungainly, inelegant posture can leave him exposed against nimbler opponents, and he easily attracts ridicule.’
- ‘From the late 1960s the hotel slid into a prolonged and inelegant decline.’
- ‘Good games can be elegant or inelegant, elegant games can be good or bad.’
- ‘For too long sword-wielding psychos have been brought down with bullets or capsicum spray, methods which are not only unfair, but inelegant.’
- ‘The penultimate movement (in which the four soloists sing with both choirs) just sort of unravelled at the end and slumped to a very inelegant mess.’
- ‘It may have looked somewhat inelegant, but it worked so well for 45 years that it attracted international attention.’
- ‘An inelegant or nonstandard repair that nevertheless works.’
- ‘The great man's house was a contrast: a large and inelegant structure, painted white outside but with the rooms inside very dark.’
- ‘It was dark and slightly inelegant, and I thought it was so cool.’
- ‘When you reach a certain age, it's kind of inelegant to date.’
- ‘The young gentleman listens manfully to my abortive attempts to demonstrate my interest with a light smile, while I slowly turn an inelegant purple.’
- ‘In the end I had to take off my jacket, wedge it into the footing and make my way down in an inelegant tangle of legs and arms.’
- ‘Drink choices include a house red and white wine (served in an inelegant tumbler), teas, coffees and juices.’
- ‘There is a clunky, inelegant quality to these objects that is matched by the deliberately crude quality of the plywood tables and shelves on which they rest.’
- ‘Every so often there is a frenzy of activity, involving the chorus charging off stage or a supremely inelegant dance.’
- ‘I want him to feel so unhappy that he makes an inelegant departure.’
- ‘While he continues to deliver low blows in equally inelegant packaging, his apologists say he merely has an unclassifiable sense of humour.’
- 1.1 (of language) unpolished:‘an inelegant title’
- ‘I don't think there is a disagreeable, inelegant sentence in the book.’
- ‘First, the book is loaded with the technical and markedly inelegant jargon of postmodern philosophy.’
- ‘You could hardly call it normality, especially in a country that prefers the inelegant word ‘normalcy’.’
- ‘Although written in rather inelegant and sometimes ungrammatical prose, this is an insightful and original work, based on a remarkable range of evidence.’
- ‘When you copy from another author and don't let your readers know it, it's called inelegant footnoting, not plagiarism.’
- ‘That's an inelegant way to describe it, I know, but when I was looking at it, I felt this pull in me.’
- ‘The instances given are, in the inelegant language of paragraph 5, ‘non-exhaustive’.’
- ‘It gets the info across but also sets a workmanlike and inelegant tone.’
- ‘One objection is that they'll let various inelegant usages into the language, but that is a tough basis on which to make one's argument.’
- ‘This sort of inelegant lie should be a warning to anyone who tries to understand the country through the words of their spokesmen.’
Early 16th century: from French inélégant, from Latin inelegant-, from in- not + Latin elegant- fastidious, refined (see elegant).
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