American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Not fitting well or correctly: ill-fitting trousers.
- adj. Unsuitable or inappropriate: ill-fitting levity.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Fitting poorly; not the proper size and cut; -- of clothing.
- adj. not the right size or shape
“You see, all those out-of-date tops, ill-fitting jeans and giveaway t-shirts you've got stuffed away in boxes can be worn again by others -- but not if they're sitting in your attic.”
“Yesterday's edition of the New York Post saw President Obama in Hawaii, clad in an ill-fitting polo shirt, board shorts, wraparound wire-rim shades, standard-issue White Sox cap, and (gasp) flip-flops--a breed of "wimpy" footwear the Post notes is "favored by his core demographic: college kids" and, the paper asserts, a presidential "first" ("I can't say I've seen a president's toes before," historian Jane Hampton Cook concurs).”
“However, thanks to monetary policy as loose and ill-fitting as an XXL jellaba, most of us were standing passively by while, in the international financial hub of New York City, the banks tossed vast sums of cheap, borrowed money into the ever greedier hands of millions who could never even qualify for an ordinary mortgage.”
“Disguised as a scholar in an "ill-fitting suit and a pair of old-fashioned eyeglasses" and bearing a forged letter of introduction from the president of Middlebury College, one of the thieves was able to make off with the library's copy, but he and his accomplices were frustrated in their effort to flog the great book on the black market.”
“Instead, her appearances on screen are marked by music that's somehow ill-fitting or harmonically skewed.”
“Responding to common frustrations with ill-fitting off-the-rack suiting, the Los Angeles-based designers make tailored work pieces as well as tuxedos, which have become red-carpet go-tos for actresses Reese Witherspoon and Mila Kunis.”
“The ill-fitting clothes, battered hands, and sunburned face remained; but these seemed the prison-bars through which she saw a great soul looking forth, inarticulate and dumb because of those feeble lips that would not give it speech.”
“I peered into the darkened Oriental Art Gallery, and was about to leave when an elderly woman, hunched over in classical garb and an ill-fitting wig, welcomed me into her shop.”
“Another 2.1 million cars are being recalled because unsecured or ill-fitting floor mats could entrap the accelerator, causing the car to speed without the driver pushing the pedal.”
“The scene in which Lewis removes his suffering host's ill-fitting oral prosthesis is almost unbearably graphic.”
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