- 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 unskillful
In short, the conservatives were unfortunate, because they were unskillful and imprudent.History of the Jews, Vol. V (of 6)
Phil, however, feared to trust the violin in unskillful hands.Phil the Fiddler
Horatio Alger, Jr.
The little man had such trouble to shape his unskillful lips to the words.Timar's Two Worlds
As a playwright he was, in fact, usually imitative and often unskillful.Tragedy
Ashley H. Thorndike
This prince was, in truth, the most unskillful archer in his whole kingdom.Voltaire's Romances
Word Origin and History for unskillful
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