not skillful; clumsy or bungling.
Also especially British, un·skil·ful.
Origin of unskillful
1350–1400; 1555–65Related formsun·skill·ful·ly, adverbun·skill·ful·ness, noun
for current sense; Middle English unskylful
unreasonable. See un-1
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Examples from the Web for unskilful
Historical Examples of unskilful
It had all the imperfections of unskilful improvisation and its subject was gruesome.
For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
M. Moriaz is the most unskilful person; but, after all, not much harm is done.
Though it make the unskilful laugh, cannot but make the judicious grieve.
Every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
British Dictionary definitions for unskilful
Derived Formsunskilfully or US unskillfully, adverbunskilfulness or US unskillfulness, noun
lacking dexterity or proficiency
(often foll by in) obsolete ignorant (of)
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Word Origin and History for unskilful
late 14c., "foolish," from un- (1) "not" + skillful. Meaning "inexpert" is from 1560s. Related: Unskillfully.
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