- lacking in adroitness; unskillful; awkward; bungling; tactless: to handle a diplomatic crisis in a very maladroit way.
Origin of maladroit
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clumsy, inept; gauche.
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Examples from the Web for maladroit
Mitt Romney has received much (deserved) criticism for his maladroit comments on the 9/11 embassy attacks.Obama's Foolish Embrace of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood
September 13, 2012
He had been maladroit, he thought, had lost his presence of mind.Robert Elsmere
Mrs. Humphry Ward
For the first time since he had been my pupil, I found Guy nervous, maladroit.
This most delicate lady was to teach him to be reckless, foolhardy, maladroit.What Will People Say?
Tipped over by no maladroit handling of corkscrew, but downright deliberate intention!Gwen Wynn
His mind was narrow, maladroit, provoking, disparaging and ingenious rather than just.The Recollections of Alexis de Tocqueville
Alexis De Tocqueville
- showing or characterized by clumsiness; not dexterous
- tactless and insensitive in behaviour or speech
C17: from French, from mal badly + adroit
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Word Origin and History for maladroit
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