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Friday, April 25, 2003

Definitions for maladroit

  1. Lacking adroitness; clumsy; awkward; unskillful; inept.

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Citations for maladroit
Do you know someone who . . . loves quiet conversations about feelings or ideas, and can give a dynamite presentation to a big audience, but seems awkward in groups and maladroit at small talk? Jonathan Rauch, The Atlantic
Dodging these equally maladroit skiers in a small area is pretty tough going -- especially when our few seconds of downhill glory are followed by minutes spent in an ungainly queue as learners, by and large, fail to connect with the drag lift. Gwyn Topham, The Guardian
Origin of maladroit
Maladroit comes from French, from mal-, "badly" + adroit, from à droit, "properly," from à, "to" (from Latin ad) + droit, "right," from Latin directus, "straight, direct," past participle of dirigere, "to lead or guide."