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unskillful

[uhn-skil-fuh l] /ʌnˈskɪl fəl/
adjective
1.
not skillful; clumsy or bungling.
Also, especially British, unskilful.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; 1555-65 for current sense; Middle English unskylful unreasonable. See un-1, skillful
Related forms
unskillfully, adverb
unskillfulness, noun
Synonyms
untrained, maladroit, inept.
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Examples from the web for unskillful
  • In such business, if an agent is unskillful or from any cause incompetent, he is immediately discharged.
  • unskillful cooking will, of course, produce unpalatable dishes.
British Dictionary definitions for unskillful

unskilful

/ʌnˈskɪlfʊl/
adjective
1.
lacking dexterity or proficiency
2.
(often foll by in) (obsolete) ignorant (of)
Derived Forms
unskilfully, (US) unskillfully, adverb
unskilfulness, (US) unskillfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unskillful
adj.

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

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