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[in-eks-purt, in-ik-spurt] /ɪnˈɛks pɜrt, ˌɪn ɪkˈspɜrt/
not expert; unskilled.
Origin of inexpert
late Middle English
First recorded in 1400-50; late Middle English word from Latin word inexpertus. See in-3, expert
Related forms
inexpertly, adverb
inexpertness, noun Unabridged
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  • The gangway-port opened, and the Academy band struck up, enthusiastically if inexpertly, as he descended to the dock.

    The Cosmic Computer Henry Beam Piper
  • He was lanky, with a balding pate, and sported a failed attempt at a moustache, inexpertly daubed on his freckled face.

    The Capgras Shift

    Sam Vaknin
  • He inexpertly gave Mrs. Byron quite a shock by the collision of their teeth.

    Cashel Byron's Profession George Bernard Shaw
  • Mrs. Pocket acted on the advice, and inexpertly danced the infant a little in her lap, while the other children played about it.

    Great Expectations Charles Dickens
  • But even this significant lettering was often so inexpertly executed as to serve no decorative purpose whatever.

  • The darkness lifted veil by veil, not gradually, but by a series of leaps as when some one inexpertly turns a wick.

    Incredible Adventures Algernon Blackwood
British Dictionary definitions for inexpertly


not expert; unskilled or unskilful; inept
Derived Forms
inexpertly, adverb
inexpertness, noun
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Word Origin and History for inexpertly



mid-15c., from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + expert (adj.), or else from Old French inexpert, from Latin inexpertus "without experience, unpracticed." Related: Inexpertly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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