unskillful

adjective
un·​skill·​ful | \ ˌən-ˈskil-fəl How to pronounce unskillful (audio) \

Definition of unskillful

: not skillful : lacking in skill or proficiency

Other Words from unskillful

unskillfully \ ˌən-​ˈskil-​fə-​lē How to pronounce unskillful (audio) \ adverb
unskillfulness noun

Examples of unskillful in a Sentence

an unskillful editor can be worse than none at all some painfully unskillful playing by the band's guitarist
Recent Examples on the Web It was intended to be a mockery of the way White people danced, though plantation owners often interpreted slaves' movements as unskillful attempts to be like them. Scottie Andrew And Harmeet Kaur, CNN, 6 July 2020 As is often the case, Louie was unlucky — and also unskillful. Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, 12 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of unskillful

1565, in the meaning defined above

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“Unskillful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unskillful. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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unskillful

adjective
un·​skill·​ful | \ ˌən-ˈskil-fəl How to pronounce unskillful (audio) \

Kids Definition of unskillful

: not skillful : not having skill

Other Words from unskillful

unskillfully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb

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