maladroit

[mal-uh-droit]
adjective
lacking in adroitness; unskillful; awkward; bungling; tactless: to handle a diplomatic crisis in a very maladroit way.

Origin:
1665–75; < French, Middle French; see mal-, adroit

maladroitly, adverb
maladroitness, noun


clumsy, inept; gauche.
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maladroit (ˌmæləˈdrɔɪt)
 
adj
1.  showing or characterized by clumsiness; not dexterous
2.  tactless and insensitive in behaviour or speech
 
[C17: from French, from mal badly + adroit]
 
mala'droitly
 
adv
 
mala'droitness
 
n

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maladroit
1670s, from mal- + adroit.
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Example sentences
When he was in office he proved a politically maladroit figure in terms of getting his negatives up.
Your correspondents may find solace in such similarly maladroit utterances.
Most damaging of all were his maladroit dealings with the army.
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