not elegant; lacking in refinement, gracefulness, or good taste.
- in·el·e·gant·ly, adverb
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How to use inelegant in a sentence
They’re opaque, with hundreds of obscure settings and features that—unless you love inelegant, browser-based interfaces—are often difficult to even access, let alone tweak.Best mesh WiFi: Wrap your space in a comfy blanket of internet coverage | Edmund Torr | October 13, 2021 | Popular-Science
No, she didn’t put the pieces of tape on the outside of the pants — that would have been inelegant and unstylish — she put them unobtrusively on the inside of the pants, each covering one of the two holes.Gene Weingarten: Don’t just fix the problem. Kluge it. | Gene Weingarten | May 13, 2021 | Washington Post
At 9, he taught inelegant programming languages like Visual Basic and COBOL to his sister — then a college sophomore.
Hence, McConnell’s conundrum, which manifested in this week’s brazen and inelegant shut-up-but-give stance.Mitch McConnell Tries to Have it Both Ways on Corporate Cash | Philip Elliott | April 7, 2021 | Time
That leaves us with “pandemic,” an inelegant word that’s probably hard to rhyme.We Tried To Predict Which Word Amanda Gorman Would Say First At The Super Bowl | Josh Hermsmeyer | February 3, 2021 | FiveThirtyEight
Fluoride first entered an American water supply through a rather inelegant technocratic scheme.
The clothes, however, were a chaotic pastiche of fur and glitter assembled in inelegant ways.Paris Fall Fashion Week Ends With Vuitton and Kanye | Robin Givhan | March 7, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was Callista, officer, who forced her husband to make his inelegant comments on Medicare that infuriated the conservative base.
Its components were simple, inelegant, and, by Western standards, of seemingly workmanlike craftsmanship.
Duffer is most inelegant (this from Julie in an assumption of stern reproach); I do not see wherever you picked up such a word.Those Dale Girls | Frank Weston Carruth
This inelegant jeu de theatre is severely ridiculed in the "Rehearsal."The Works Of John Dryden, Volume 4 (of 18) | John Dryden
Did you have a recollection at the time, at least—that is an inelegant question.Warren Commission (11 of 26): Hearings Vol. XI (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
The use of tre for aller when followed by an infinitive is inelegant, though the construction is sometimes used by good writers.Contes Franais | Douglas Labaree Buffum
It is easy to read in this illustration the parable of death destroying a fruitful vine, and as a picture it is not inelegant.In Search Of Gravestones Old And Curious | W.T. (William Thomas) Vincent
British Dictionary definitions for inelegant
lacking in elegance or refinement; unpolished or graceless
coarse or crude
- inelegance or inelegancy, noun
- inelegantly, adverb
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