Something that's ill-proportioned is oddly shaped or sized, or doesn't fit in relation to things around it. Your tiny oil painting is going to look ill-proportioned in the middle of that huge, white wall.

A brand new, massive, glass-covered skyscraper might look ill-proportioned in your city of mostly historic brick buildings, and you might find that your big, clompy rain books are ill-proportioned compared to the rest of your outfit. This adjective adds the prefix ill-, "not well" or "badly," to proportioned, which comes from the Latin root word proportionem, "comparative relation."

Definitions of ill-proportioned
  1. adjective
    lacking pleasing proportions
    not well-proportioned and pleasing in shape
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