inelegant

Something that's inelegant isn't polished or cultured, but instead is awkward, rude, or ungraceful. Your loud footsteps clomping down the hall of a palace as you race to meet the Queen are inelegant.

Your inelegant tap dance probably won't win first prize in the school talent show, and your brother's inelegant behavior might get him thrown out of an extremely formal party. In both cases, the required amount of grace just isn't present — in your brother's case, it might be his inelegant laughter or his inelegant clothing that cause him trouble. The Latin root, inelegantem, means "without taste" or "without judgment."

Definitions of inelegant
  1. adjective
    lacking in refinement or grace or good taste
    Synonyms:
    undignified
    lacking dignity
    gauche, graceless, unpolished
    lacking social polish
    homely
    without artificial refinement or elegance
    unrefined
    (used of persons and their behavior) not refined; uncouth
    tactless, untactful
    lacking or showing a lack of what is fitting and considerate in dealing with others
    tasteless
    lacking aesthetic or social taste
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    Antonyms:
    elegant
    refined and tasteful in appearance or behavior or style
    dignified
    having or expressing dignity; especially formality or stateliness in bearing or appearance
    dandified, dandyish, foppish
    affecting extreme elegance in dress and manner
    de luxe, deluxe, luxe
    elegant and sumptuous
    fine
    characterized by elegance or refinement or accomplishment
    high-class, high-toned
    pretentiously elegant
    exquisite, recherche
    lavishly elegant and refined
    neat, refined, tasteful
    free from what is tawdry or unbecoming
    ritzy
    luxuriously elegant
    soigne, soignee
    polished and well-groomed; showing sophisticated elegance
    graceful
    characterized by beauty of movement, style, form, or execution
    refined
    (used of persons and their behavior) cultivated and genteel
    sophisticated
    having or appealing to those having worldly knowledge and refinement and savoir-faire
    tasteful
    having or showing or conforming to good taste
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