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maladroit

[mal-uh-droit]
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  1. lacking in adroitness; unskillful; awkward; bungling; tactless: to handle a diplomatic crisis in a very maladroit way.
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Origin of maladroit

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

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maladroit

adjective
  1. showing or characterized by clumsiness; not dexterous
  2. tactless and insensitive in behaviour or speech
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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

adj.

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

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