lacking in adroitness; unskillful; awkward; bungling; tactless: to handle a diplomatic crisis in a very maladroit way.
Origin of maladroit
1665–75;Related formsmal·a·droit·ly, adverbmal·a·droit·ness, noun
< French, Middle French;
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Related Words for maladroitlyclumsily
Examples from the Web for maladroitly
Historical Examples of maladroitly
Maladroitly, he gave no direct reply, but answered the question by another.
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
Derived Formsmaladroitly, adverbmaladroitness, noun
showing or characterized by clumsiness; not dexterous
tactless and insensitive in behaviour or speech
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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