tactless

adjective
tact·​less | \ ˈtakt-ləs How to pronounce tactless (audio) \

Definition of tactless

: marked by lack of tact tactless comments tactless methods

Other Words from tactless

tactlessly adverb
tactlessness noun

Examples of tactless in a Sentence

made a tactless remark about how the woman's dress had that “homemade” look
Recent Examples on the Web The most entertaining relationship in the book belongs to Jane and her mother Phyllis, a galumphing, tactless force who lives down in Grand Rapids. Erin Douglass, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 June 2021 Beethoven’s decision to appoint his brother Karl as his go-between with publishers was ill-advised, as Karl was arrogant and tactless. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 29 Dec. 2020 This is just a more tactless articulation of the same belief system our cities operate on today. Apoorva Tadepalli, The New Republic, 11 Aug. 2020 April 7, 2020 The same goes for clueless, kilt-wearing dullard Sidney (Tim Key); Amanda’s aggressively insecure boyfriend, Chaz (Allan Mustafa); and the gabby, tactless Rebecca (Aisling Bea). Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, 10 Apr. 2020 However, what your cohorts are doing is not mindless, tactless talk. Tribune, Detroit Free Press, 15 Jan. 2020 However, what your cohorts are doing is not mindless, tactless talk. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 15 Jan. 2020 However, what your cohorts are doing is not mindless, tactless talk. Tribune, Detroit Free Press, 15 Jan. 2020 However, what your cohorts are doing is not mindless, tactless talk. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 15 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of tactless

circa 1847, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tactless was circa 1847

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“Tactless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tactless. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for tactless

tactless

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of tactless

: tending to offend or upset people : not showing or having tact

tactless

adjective
tact·​less | \ ˈtakt-ləs How to pronounce tactless (audio) \

Kids Definition of tactless

: having or showing no tact

Other Words from tactless

tactlessly adverb
tactlessness noun

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