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[in-eks-purt, in-ik-spurt]
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  1. not expert; unskilled.
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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
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Related Words for inexpert

awkward, bungling, crude, green, maladroit, unskilled, unskillful, untrained, unpracticed

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Historical Examples of inexpert

  • "I am as inexpert with the gun as the rod," said I, diffidently.

    A Day's Ride

    Charles James Lever

  • Most of the new hands were inexpert and much given to drink.

    James Watt

    Andrew Carnegie

  • Now observe the result of this inexpert deflection of yours.

    Alonzo Fitz and Other Stories

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • How could she, inexpert, foresee what was mockingly obvious to hindsight?

  • As to use there is the distinction of inexpert and expert control.

British Dictionary definitions for inexpert


  1. not expert; unskilled or unskilful; inept
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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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