1. out of keeping or place; inappropriate; unbecoming: an incongruous effect; incongruous behavior.
  2. not harmonious in character; inconsonant; lacking harmony of parts: an incongruous mixture of architectural styles.
  3. inconsistent: actions that were incongruous with their professed principles.


  1. (when postpositive, foll by with or to) incompatible with (what is suitable); inappropriate
  2. containing disparate or discordant elements or parts

1610s, from Latin incongruus “incongruous,” from in- “not, opposite of, without” (see in- (1)) + congruus “fit, suitable” (see congruent). Related: Incongruously.

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