[ in-eks-purt, in-ik-spurt ]
/ ɪnˈɛks pɜrt, ˌɪn ɪkˈspɜrt /


not expert; unskilled.

Origin of inexpert

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English word from Latin word inexpertus. See in-3, expert
Related formsin·ex·pert·ly, adverbin·ex·pert·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for inexpert


/ (ɪnˈɛkspɜːt) /


not expert; unskilled or unskilful; inept
Derived Formsinexpertly, adverbinexpertness, noun
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Word Origin and History for inexpert



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

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