AskDefine | Define incongruous

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incongruous adj : lacking in harmony or compatibility or appropriateness; "a plan incongruous with reason"; "incongruous behavior"; "a joke that was incongruous with polite conversation" [ant: congruous]

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From incongruus, from in- + lang=la.


  • a RP /ˈɪn.cɒn.gɹʊu.ʌs/ or /ˈɪn.cɒŋ.ɹʊu.ʌs/
  • a US /ɪnˈkɑn.gɹu.əs/ or /ɪŋˈkɑŋ.gɹu.əs/


  1. Not similar or congruent; not matching or fitting in.
    The old camper looked a bit incongruous in an upscale neighborhood, but he enjoyed traveling in it.

Related terms


not matching
  • Dutch: onpassend
  • French: incongru
  • Japanese: 不調和な(ふちょうわな, fuchōwa)
  • Portuguese: incongruente

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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