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

Origin of maladroit

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

Synonyms for maladroit Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for maladroitly

Historical Examples of maladroitly

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

    Aladdin of London

    Sir Max Pemberton

  • Maladroitly, yet with eager fingers, she put off her cloak and hat.

  • But he did it maladroitly by expressing the hope that things were going well with Mr. West.


    Henry Sydnor Harrison

British Dictionary definitions for maladroitly



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



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

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