un·​skill·​ful | \ ˌən-ˈskil-fəl \

Definition of unskillful

: not skillful : lacking in skill or proficiency

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Other Words from unskillful

unskillfully \ ˌən-​ˈskil-​fə-​lē \ 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

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As is often the case, Louie was unlucky — and also unskillful. Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, "Bridge: March 12, 2017," 12 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of unskillful

1565, in the meaning defined above

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un·​skill·​ful | \ ˌən-ˈskil-fəl \

Kids Definition of unskillful

: not skillful : not having skill

Other Words from unskillful

unskillfully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb

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