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unskillful

or (especially British) unskilful

[uhn-skil-fuh l] /ʌnˈskɪl fəl/
adjective
1.
not skillful; clumsy or bungling.
Origin of unskillful
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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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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