[ uhn-skil-fuhl ]
/ ʌnˈskɪl fəl /


not skillful; clumsy or bungling.

Nearby words

  1. unsinkable,
  2. unsized,
  3. unskilful,
  4. unskilled,
  5. unskilled labor,
  6. unslaked lime,
  7. unsling,
  8. unsmiling,
  9. unsnag,
  10. unsnap

Also especially British, un·skil·ful.

Origin of unskillful

1350–1400; 1555–65 for current sense; Middle English unskylful unreasonable. See un-1, skillful

Related formsun·skill·ful·ly, adverbun·skill·ful·ness, noun

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Word Origin and History for unskillful



late 14c., "foolish," from un- (1) "not" + skillful. Meaning "inexpert" is from 1560s. Related: Unskillfully.

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