ill-formed

[ il-fawrmd ]
/ ˈɪlˈfɔrmd /

adjective

badly formed.
Linguistics. not conforming to the rules of a given language; ungrammatical (opposed to well-formed).

Nearby words

  1. ill-fated,
  2. ill-favored,
  3. ill-favoured,
  4. ill-fitted,
  5. ill-fitting,
  6. ill-founded,
  7. ill-gotten,
  8. ill-gotten gains,
  9. ill-informed,
  10. ill-intentioned

Origin of ill-formed

First recorded in 1665–75

Related formsill-form·ed·ness [il-fawr-mid-nis, -fawrmd-] /ˈɪlˈfɔr mɪd nɪs, -ˈfɔrmd-/, noun

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