inelegant

[ in-el-i-guh nt ]
/ ɪnˈɛl ɪ gənt /

adjective

not elegant; lacking in refinement, gracefulness, or good taste.

Origin of inelegant

First recorded in 1500–10, inelegant is from the Latin word inēlegant- (stem of inēlegāns). See in-3, elegant
Related formsin·el·e·gant·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for inelegant

inelegant

/ (ɪnˈɛlɪɡənt) /

adjective

lacking in elegance or refinement; unpolished or graceless
coarse or crude
Derived Formsinelegance or inelegancy, nouninelegantly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inelegant

inelegant


adj.

c.1500, from French inélégant (15c.), from Latin inelegantem (nominative inelegans) "not choice, without taste, without judgment," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + elegans (see elegant). Related: Inelegantly; inelegance.

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