lacking tact; showing no tact; undiplomatic; offendingly blunt: a tactless remark.

Origin of tactless

First recorded in 1840–50; tact + -less
Related formstact·less·ly, adverbtact·less·ness, noun

Synonyms for tactless

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Examples from the Web for tactlessly

Historical Examples of tactlessly

  • I've no doubt Crawleigh did it as tactlessly as possible, and Barbara took it as a challenge.

    Lady Lilith

    Stephen McKenna

  • It so tactlessly implied that she did not mean what she had said.

    A Prairie Courtship

    Harold Bindloss

  • She had a knack of behaving awkwardly and tactlessly, of saying things which she ought not to say.

    The Later Life

    Louis Couperus

  • The Greeks had most tactlessly hoisted huge flags but were promptly dealt with.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite

    Edward O. Mousley

  • The Regent had just tactlessly offended him by refusing to let him take possession of the town of Orléans.

Word Origin and History for tactlessly



1847, from tact + -less. Related: Tactlessly; tactlessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper