maladroitness

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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