Definitions for ineptɪnˈɛpt, ɪˈnɛpt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•eptɪnˈɛpt, ɪˈnɛpt(adj.)

  1. lacking skill or aptitude, esp. for a particular task; maladroit.

  2. generally awkward or incompetent.

  3. inappropriate; unsuitable; out of place.

  4. absurd or foolish:

    an inept remark.

Origin of inept:

1595–1605; < L ineptus


Princeton's WordNet

  1. awkward, clumsy, cumbersome, inapt, inept, ill-chosen(adj)

    not elegant or graceful in expression

    "an awkward prose style"; "a clumsy apology"; "his cumbersome writing style"; "if the rumor is true, can anything be more inept than to repeat it now?"

  2. feckless, inept(adj)

    generally incompetent and ineffectual

    "feckless attempts to repair the plumbing"; "inept handling of the account"

  3. inept, tactless(adj)

    revealing lack of perceptiveness or judgment or finesse

    "an inept remark"; "it was tactless to bring up those disagreeable"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. inept(adjective)ɪnˈɛpt, ɪˈnɛpt

    not capable of doing sth well

    My manager is totally inept.; an inept leader/teacher/organizer


  1. inept(Adjective)

    Not able to do something; not proficient; displaying incompetence

  2. inept(Adjective)

    Unfit; unsuitable

  3. Origin: From inepte

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inept(adj)

    not apt or fit; unfit; unsuitable; improper; unbecoming

  2. Inept(adj)

    silly; useless; nonsensical; absurd; foolish

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