un·​skill·​ful ˌən-ˈskil-fəl How to pronounce unskillful (audio)
: not skillful : lacking in skill or proficiency
unskillfully 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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Word History

First Known Use

1565, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unskillful was in 1565

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“Unskillful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unskillful. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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