out of place

When you feel out of place, you have a sense that it's inappropriate for you to be there. A cowboy, for example, would probably feel out of place at a ballroom dance competition.

The common phrase out of place is good for describing someone or something that doesn't quite fit. It might be because it's unseemly and wrong — like wearing a terrifying zombie mask to a kindergartner's Halloween party. It might also be a more subtle sense that it's not suitable — like a modern new house that looks out of place among your neighborhood's old shingled cottages.

Definitions of out of place
  1. adjective
    of an inappropriate or misapplied nature
    synonyms: inapposite
    malapropos
    of an inappropriate or incorrectly applied nature
  2. adverb
    in a setting where one is or feels inappropriate or incongruous
    “he felt out of place in the lingerie shop”
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