maladroit

[ mal-uh-droit ]
/ ˌmæl əˈdrɔɪt /

adjective

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

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Origin of maladroit

First recorded in 1665–75; from French, Middle French: literally “clumsy”; see origin at mal-, adroit

OTHER WORDS FROM maladroit

mal·a·droit·ly, adverbmal·a·droit·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for maladroit

maladroit
/ (ˌmæləˈdrɔɪt) /

adjective

showing or characterized by clumsiness; not dexterous
tactless and insensitive in behaviour or speech

Derived forms of maladroit

maladroitly, adverbmaladroitness, noun

Word Origin for maladroit

C17: from French, from mal badly + adroit
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