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maladroit

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adjective mal·adroit \ˌma-lə-ˈdrȯit\

Simple Definition of maladroit

  • : very awkward : not skillful or adroit

Full Definition of maladroit

  1. :  lacking adroitness :  inept

mal·adroit·ly adverb
mal·adroit·ness noun

Examples of maladroit

  1. The governor has been criticized for his maladroit handling of the budget crisis.

  2. <some maladroit steering on her part caused the bicycle to go crashing into the bushes>



Origin of maladroit

French, from Middle French, from mal- + adroit


First Known Use: 1685

Synonym Discussion of maladroit

awkward, clumsy, maladroit, inept, gauche mean not marked by ease (as of performance, movement, or social conduct). awkward is widely applicable and may suggest unhandiness, inconvenience, lack of muscular control, embarrassment, or lack of tact <periods of awkward silence>. clumsy implies stiffness and heaviness and so may connote inflexibility, unwieldiness, or lack of ordinary skill <a clumsy mechanic>. maladroit suggests a tendency to create awkward situations <a maladroit politician>. inept often implies complete failure or inadequacy <a hopelessly inept defense attorney>. gauche implies the effects of shyness, inexperience, or ill breeding <felt gauche and unsophisticated at formal parties>.

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