[in-eks-purt, in-ik-spurt]


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

Examples from the Web for inexpertly

Historical Examples of inexpertly

  • But even this significant lettering was often so inexpertly executed as to serve no decorative purpose whatever.

  • Mrs. Pocket acted on the advice, and inexpertly danced the infant a little in her lap, while the other children played about it.

    Great Expectations

    Charles Dickens

  • The darkness lifted veil by veil, not gradually, but by a series of leaps as when some one inexpertly turns a wick.

    Incredible Adventures

    Algernon Blackwood

  • The gangway-port opened, and the Academy band struck up, enthusiastically if inexpertly, as he descended to the dock.

    The Cosmic Computer

    Henry Beam Piper

  • He was lanky, with a balding pate, and sported a failed attempt at a moustache, inexpertly daubed on his freckled face.

British Dictionary definitions for inexpertly



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



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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