- not skillful; clumsy or bungling.
Also especially British, un·skil·ful.
Origin of unskillful
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untrained, maladroit, inept.
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Examples from the Web for unskilful
It had all the imperfections of unskilful improvisation and its subject was gruesome.An Outcast of the Islands
For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.Mysticism and its Results
M. Moriaz is the most unskilful person; but, after all, not much harm is done.Samuel Brohl & Company
Though it make the unskilful laugh, cannot but make the judicious grieve.
Every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
- lacking dexterity or proficiency
- (often foll by in) obsolete ignorant (of)
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Word Origin and History for unskilful
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