1. [ noun ] someone who is not competent to take effective action
Synonyms: incompetent_person
Related terms: unskilled_person slouch bungler
2. [ adjective ] not doing a good job
Synonyms: unskilled

"incompetent at chess"

Related terms: bad
3. [ adjective ] not qualified or suited for a purpose

"an incompetent secret service" "the filming was hopeless incompetent"

Related terms: competent incapable feckless ineffective unqualified unworkmanlike incapable unskilled unqualified inefficient
4. [ adjective ] showing lack of skill or aptitude
Synonyms: fumbling clumsy bungling

"a bungling workman" "did a clumsy job" "his fumbling attempt to put up a shelf"

Related terms: unskilled
5. [ adjective ] not meeting requirements
Synonyms: unequal_to incapable

"unequal to the demands put upon him"

Related terms: inadequate
Similar spelling:   incompetently