Definition of ill-assorted in US English:



  • Not well matched.

    ‘ill-assorted furniture’
    • ‘All these ill-assorted people walking toward the giant clock on Churchgate: they are me; they are my body and my flesh.’
    • ‘I saw nothing of the man but his posture of loose-limbed, helpless drunkenness and the ill-assorted covering of filthy clothing that concealed it.’
    • ‘As events unfold in characteristic Pinteresque fashion it becomes plain that this ill-assorted male-only family suffers a deeply odd dysfunctionality - but an entirely believable one.’
    • ‘The fog burned away as the morning drew on, and Bahzell's heart rose as his ill-assorted party moved more briskly than he'd dared hope.’
    • ‘It is often the apparently ill-assorted pairs who get on best.’
    • ‘We're down from one hundred to a mere twenty-one, and a motley, ill-assorted collection they are, too.’
    • ‘It is the human factor that is the key to Enigma, the recent Michael Apted film - these Wizards being an even more ill-assorted group of geeks and neurotics than the students of Hogwarts.’
    • ‘The Protestant reformers believed with utter seriousness that husbands and wives could and should help each other to heaven; ill-assorted unions on the other hand were a diurnal occasion of grave sin.’
    • ‘And sure enough as the ill-assorted pairs adopt various roles they begin to reveal their inner insecurities.’
    • ‘The cast consists of ill-assorted schoolboys and workmen, turned gradually into a competent team.’
    • ‘Million Dollar Baby almost crazily tries to hold the ill-assorted gritty details together with depressive grandiosity, and I guess in some inchoate way Eastwood is entertaining epic pretensions.’
    • ‘The shop is a meeting place for a bunch of ill-assorted political fanatics united only in their effort to arouse some extremism in the over-moderate British.’
    • ‘Although Lippi's line-up occasionally appeared ill-assorted, the midfield was still infused with ability.’
    • ‘But your hostility to science will not serve those aims; and your embracing of an ill-assorted jumble of mutually contradictory alternatives will lose you the respect that I think you deserve.’
    • ‘‘An ill-assorted gathering we have here,’ he said quietly.’
    • ‘By European standards, the British standing army was tiny; even the small and ill-assorted force which the Young Pretender brought into the heart of the English Midlands in December 1745 plainly stretched the defenders to the limit.’
    • ‘Apart from three framed canvasses, two of which are hung on the walls here, I have nothing more than a few bundles of disorganised and ill-assorted sketches.’
    • ‘Hutton was thinking about such things as Mrs Cadwallader's sarcasms in Chapter 6 about the ill-assorted marriage.’
    • ‘When the dust settled, Del Bosque was left with a strange, ill-assorted, albeit supremely-talented bunch.’
    • ‘This ill-assorted collection of stained and battered books - I have mentioned only a few here - still have strange gleams of magic about them.’
    mismatched, ill-matched, incongruous, unsuited, incompatible, inharmonious, discordant, clashing, discrepant
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