[takt-fuh l]


having or manifesting tact: a tactful person; a tactful reply.

Origin of tactful

First recorded in 1860–65; tact + -ful
Related formstact·ful·ly, adverbtact·ful·ness, nounun·tact·ful, adjectiveun·tact·ful·ly, adverb

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Examples from the Web for untactful

Historical Examples of untactful

  • Poor, untactful, unhappy Brownie started to follow as of old.

    Wild Folk

    Samuel Scoville

  • This was indeed Bertha's conviction, and her untactful silence said as much.

    Money Magic

    Hamlin Garland

  • There may be some blunders, some bad steps, some untactful work.

  • Neither Peppajee nor Baumberger made reply of any sort, and Peaceful turned his mild eyes reproachfully toward his untactful son.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • Later, at home, Irinushka was scolded for her behaviour, regarded as untactful by Priest Zakrasin.

    The Created Legend

    Feodor Sologub

Word Origin and History for untactful



1864, from tact + -ful. Related: Tactfully; tactfulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper