What does incongruous mean?

Definitions for incongruousɪnˈkɒŋ gru əs

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word incongruous.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. incongruous(adj)

    lacking in harmony or compatibility or appropriateness

    "a plan incongruous with reason"; "incongruous behavior"; "a joke that was incongruous with polite conversation"


  1. incongruous(Adjective)

    Not similar or congruent; not matching or fitting in.

  2. Origin: From incongruus, from in- + .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Incongruous(adj)

    not congruous; reciprocally disagreeing; not capable of harmonizing or readily assimilating; inharmonious; inappropriate; unsuitable; not fitting; inconsistent; improper; as, an incongruous remark; incongruous behavior, action, dress, etc

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Incongruous

    in-kong′grōō-us, adj. inconsistent: not fitting well together, disjointed: unsuitable—also Incon′gruent.—ns. Incongru′ity, Incon′gruousness.—adv. Incon′gruously.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of incongruous in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of incongruous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Nikos Pappas:

    His obsession and insistence on the same policy and style are incongruous with the course toward a united and democratic Europe.

  2. Martin Harrison:

    I conclude that the disputed trades were incongruous and exceptional trades. They were unsuitable for the LIA and I can find no investment rationale for them.

  3. Zuri Murrell:

    It’s weird because doesn’t that seem incongruous, that it’s the number two cancer death? People don’t discover it until it’s really, really late and they aren’t getting screened.

  4. Nikos Pappas:

    Mr. Schaeuble is the main supporter of failed policies in Greece and in Europe, his obsession and insistence on the same policy and style are incongruous with the course toward a united and democratic Europe.

  5. Alfred North Whitehead:

    I have suffered a great deal from writers who have quoted this or that sentence of mine either out of its context or in juxtaposition to some incongruous matter which quite distorted my meaning , or destroyed it altogether.

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