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What words do we use to describe an unmatched couple, for instance, the female is much more attractive than the male, or the other way around?

If we found that a girl is out of the league of her boyfriend (8 vs 5), or the other way around, how would we describe such a couple?

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According to Google Books, 7790 writers would call them an ill-matched couple. –  FumbleFingers Jun 6 at 16:42
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This question seems to be borne out of a (strange) delusion that a couple is ‘unmatched’ or ‘mismatched’ (or even unlikely) just because one member of it is more traditionally good-looking than the other. –  Janus Bahs Jacquet Jun 6 at 17:44
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a hotty and a notty? –  Brad Jun 6 at 21:25
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Human. All couples are mixed couples in some respects, matched in others. "League" is a reflection of your assumptions, not a reality. –  keshlam Jun 7 at 5:37
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@JanusBahsJacquet: if not the question, certainly some of the answers are. If the question were modified to say that the couple fail to match in some other way (for example one is two foot taller than the other) then some of the answers remain appropriate and others do not. If you choose an undeniable but not unlikely criterion on which they differ (e.g. they're of different sexes), you get different answers again ;-) –  Steve Jessop Jun 7 at 11:09

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Out of my league is good. I think someone already mentioned mismatched. The numbers thing is OK but would have to be used in context. –  RyeɃreḁd Jun 6 at 17:53
    
@RyeɃreḁd Sorry, but mismatched I did think of before your post, I just lost time looking for links. –  Mari-Lou A Jun 6 at 18:15

"She was gorgeous. He must have been funny."

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This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post. –  RyeɃreḁd Jun 7 at 4:04
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@RyeɃreḁd It exactly answers the question in a round about way. You could do without the first sentence. It's like saying "He has a face for radio". This is a way of describing an unmatched couple. –  GenericJam Jun 7 at 10:05
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I tried to encode assumption in the statement, in as few words as possible. I think it's a tad arrogant to say that two people who are together in a relationship but aren't of the same physical attractiveness level are "mismatched". We don't know what their values are, we don't know why they are together. "She was gorgeous, he must have been funny" is meant to say as much about the speaker as it does about the subjects. –  moron4hire Jun 7 at 16:57
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Someone who thinks this doesn't provide an answer to the question would be mismatched with an intelligent person. –  Jim Balter Jun 8 at 4:32
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I once heard a pastor say, "Whenever I see an homely man with a very attractive wife, I say to myself, ‘Now there is a man who knows how to listen’." –  J.R. Jun 8 at 4:43

I think the most polite and descriptive way to say this is odd couple as in "they are an odd couple, aren't they?".

People know this phrase from the TV show of the same name which described two roommates who were incompatible in ways that led to amusing conflicts.

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You have an odd notion of what's polite. –  Jim Balter Jun 8 at 4:33

The normal term I hear is mismatch. This works for looks, personality, status or whatever.

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I would describe such a couple as incongruous.

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I would prefer incongruous. (Incongruent sounds to me like it's describing Euclidean geometry.) –  Kundor Jun 7 at 16:25

Trophy wife -or- Boy toy

Those or terms one might use.

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These really only apply to age differences. –  Oli Jun 7 at 9:08
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A boy toy is a toy for a boy. The term for a younger man that is being a "toy"for an (older) woman is a toy boy. –  oerkelens Jun 7 at 11:34
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@oerkelens: Perhaps that would make sense, but nonetheless, the phrase for a young man used as a sex object is definitely "boy toy." –  Kundor Jun 7 at 16:27
    
ipso and Kundor are correct, a "boy toy" in this context is a man who is a lesser partner (pretty, younger, dumb...) to a woman. At McDonald's, a "boy toy" gets you a cheap Chinese Transformer toy or whatever. That double meaning would make a lovely SNL sketch. –  mxyzplk Jun 7 at 16:48
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Boy toy is the term normally used in the US; toy boy is the more logical British term. –  Erik Kowal Jun 7 at 17:42

I think that possible definition may be an out-of-sync couple.

Often people don't realize that they are not reciprocating enough.

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"A very shallow judgement"; perhaps?

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True. But not an answer to the question. –  Johannes Pille Jun 7 at 13:46
    
@JohannesPille It is. –  Phill Healey Jun 8 at 9:45
    
Care to elaborate? This would answer "What words do you use to describe a statement on how a couple is very unmatched?", but does not qualify as a valid option for said statement itself, imho. –  Johannes Pille Jun 8 at 12:54
    
Its an answer, but it might not be the answer you are looking for. That doesn't make it, not an answer. –  Phill Healey Jun 8 at 15:46
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@PhillHealey: It's an answer to some other question. –  Lightness Races in Orbit Jun 8 at 18:01

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