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maladroit

[ mal-uh-droit ]
/ ˌmæl əˈdrɔɪt /
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adjective

lacking in adroitness; unskillful; awkward; bungling; tactless: to handle a diplomatic crisis in a very maladroit way.

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maladdress, maladjusted, maladjustment, maladminister, maladministration, maladroit, malady, malaga, malagasy, malagasy republic, malaguena

Origin of maladroit

1665–75; < French, Middle French; see mal-, adroit
SYNONYMS FOR maladroit
Related formsmal·a·droit·ly, adverbmal·a·droit·ness, noun
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maladroit

/ (ˌmæləˈdrɔɪt) /

adjective

showing or characterized by clumsiness; not dexterous
tactless and insensitive in behaviour or speech
Derived Formsmaladroitly, adverbmaladroitness, noun

Word Origin for maladroit

C17: from French, from mal badly + adroit
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Word Origin and History for maladroit

maladroit


adj.

1670s, from mal- + adroit. Related: Maladroitly; maladroitness.

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