What does inept mean?

Definitions for ineptɪnˈɛpt, ɪˈnɛpt

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

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"


  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

  3. Origin: [L. ineptus; prefix. in- not + aptus apt, fit: cf. F. inepte. Cf. Inapt.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Inept

    in-ept′, adj. not apt or fit: unsuitable: foolish: inexpert.—ns. Inept′itūde, Inept′ness.—adv. Inept′ly. [Fr.,—L. ineptusin, not, aptus, apt.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of inept in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of inept in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Soli Ozel:

    They were so inept as a collective after June 7, this opposition will not be able to pull itself together for a long time.

  2. Paul Graham, September 2004:

    Dressing up is inevitably a substitute for good ideas. It is no coincidence that technically inept business types are known as "suits."

  3. Carly Fiorina:

    Our government has become one giant, bloated, inept, corrupt bureaucracy and only someone who understands a bureaucracy -- and I do -- can cut it down to size.

  4. Ashok Gulati:

    Every year, a large amount of funds allocated for irrigation lie unutilized and that's because of lethargy, red tape, inept administration and a lack of political will.

  5. John McCain:

    It does reveal an underlying view of these things that is really harmful and ... that is damaging, john Kerry has probably been the most inept secretary of state, certainly in my lifetime.

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