[ in-kong-groo-uhs ]
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  1. out of keeping or place; inappropriate; unbecoming: an incongruous effect; incongruous behavior.

  2. not harmonious in character; inconsonant; lacking harmony of parts: an incongruous mixture of architectural styles.

  1. inconsistent:actions that were incongruous with their professed principles.

Origin of incongruous

First recorded in 1605–15, incongruous is from the Latin word incongruus “inconsistent.” See in-3, congruous

synonym study For incongruous

3. See inconsistent.

Other words for incongruous

Opposites for incongruous

Other words from incongruous

  • in·con·gru·ous·ly, adverb
  • in·con·gru·ous·ness, noun

Words that may be confused with incongruous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use incongruous in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for incongruous



/ (ɪnˈkɒŋɡrʊəs) /

  1. (when postpositive, foll by with or to) incompatible with (what is suitable); inappropriate

  2. containing disparate or discordant elements or parts

Derived forms of incongruous

  • incongruously or incongruently, adverb
  • incongruousness or incongruence, noun

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