maladroit

[ mal-uh-droit ]
/ ˌmæl əˈdrɔɪt /

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. maladdress,
  2. maladjusted,
  3. maladjustment,
  4. maladminister,
  5. maladministration,
  6. malady,
  7. malaga,
  8. malagasy,
  9. malagasy republic,
  10. malaguena

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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Examples from the Web for maladroitly

  • Maladroitly, he gave no direct reply, but answered the question by another.

    Aladdin of London|Sir Max Pemberton
  • But he did it maladroitly by expressing the hope that things were going well with Mr. West.

    Queed|Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • Maladroitly, yet with eager fingers, she put off her cloak and hat.

    The Garden of Swords|Max Pemberton


British Dictionary definitions for maladroitly

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 maladroitly

maladroit

adj.

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

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