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maladroit

[mal-uh-droit] /ˌmæl əˈdrɔɪt/
adjective
1.
lacking in adroitness; unskillful; awkward; bungling; tactless:
to handle a diplomatic crisis in a very maladroit way.
Origin of maladroit
1665-1675
1665-75; < French, Middle French; see mal-, adroit
Related forms
maladroitly, adverb
maladroitness, noun
Synonyms
clumsy, inept; gauche.
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  • Might makes right, often enough in a maladroit fashion, but sometimes it comes as a real blessing.

  • He had been maladroit, he thought, had lost his presence of mind.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • But his performances are so ridiculously "maladroit," that the spectators only laugh at him.

    The Sharper Detected and Exposed Jean-Eugne Robert-Houdin
  • Tipped over by no maladroit handling of corkscrew, but downright deliberate intention!

    Gwen Wynn Mayne Reid
  • maladroit, mal-a-droit′, adj. not dexterous: unskilful: clumsy.

  • There were moments during coffee which reminded him of the maladroit hospitalities of the Five Towns.

    The Roll-Call Arnold Bennett
  • Naudé does not neglect to censure Cardan for his maladroit attempts to read the future.

    Jerome Cardan William George Waters
  • He proceeded honestly to pay it, but with a maladroit manner, as one unaccustomed to the currency.

    The King of Schnorrers Israel Zangwill
  • The strife which had begun between the poet and the maladroit agents of the Great Frederick was becoming serious.

    A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
British Dictionary definitions for maladroit

maladroit

/ˌmæləˈdrɔɪt/
adjective
1.
showing or characterized by clumsiness; not dexterous
2.
tactless and insensitive in behaviour or speech
Derived Forms
maladroitly, adverb
maladroitness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from French, from mal badly + adroit
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Word Origin and History for maladroit
adj.

1670s, from mal- + adroit. Related: Maladroitly; maladroitness.

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