maladroit


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mal·a·droit

 (măl′ə-droit′)
adj.
Marked by a lack of adroitness; inept.
n.
An inept person.

[French : mal-, mal- + adroit, adroit; see adroit.]

mal′a·droit′ly adv.
mal′a·droit′ness n.

maladroit

(ˌmæləˈdrɔɪt)
adj
1. showing or characterized by clumsiness; not dexterous
2. tactless and insensitive in behaviour or speech
[C17: from French, from mal badly + adroit]
ˌmalaˈdroitly adv
ˌmalaˈdroitness n

mal•a•droit

(ˌmæl əˈdrɔɪt)

adj.
lacking in adroitness; awkward.
[1665–75; < French, Middle French]
mal`a•droit′ly, adv.
mal`a•droit′ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.maladroit - not adroitmaladroit - not adroit; "a maladroit movement of his hand caused the car to swerve"; "a maladroit translation"; "maladroit propaganda"
awkward - lacking grace or skill in manner or movement or performance; "an awkward dancer"; "an awkward gesture"; "too awkward with a needle to make her own clothes"; "his clumsy fingers produced an awkward knot"
adroit - quick or skillful or adept in action or thought; "an exceptionally adroit pianist"; "an adroit technician"; "his adroit replies to hecklers won him many followers"; "an adroit negotiator"

maladroit

adjective clumsy, awkward, bungling, inept, cack-handed (informal), inexpert, unskilful, unhandy, ham-fisted or ham-handed (informal) Some of his first interviews with the press were rather maladroit.

maladroit

adjective
1. Lacking dexterity and grace in physical movement:
Slang: klutzy.
Idiom: all thumbs.
2. Clumsily lacking in the ability to do or perform:
3. Lacking sensitivity and skill in dealing with others:
Translations

maladroit

[ˈmæləˈdrɔɪt] ADJtorpe

maladroit

adj, maladroitly
advungeschickt

maladroit

[ˌmæləˈdrɔɪt] adjmaldestro/a
References in classic literature ?
The snare is rather MALADROIT for the cardinal," replied the young man, smiling.
Out of which maladroit delay sprang anxieties, disappointments, shocks, catastrophes, and passing-strange destinies.
It is easy enough to spoil the lives of our neighbors without taking so much trouble; we can do it by lazy acquiescence and lazy omission, by trivial falsities for which we hardly know a reason, by small frauds neutralized by small extravagances, by maladroit flatteries, and clumsily improvised insinuations.
Enfant, Smain apprend, par un instituteur plutot maladroit, qu'il est un enfant adopte.
I DIDN'T think it would take long for Lord Beecham to write into The Journal to respond to my critique, on Friday, of the maladroit way in which Newcastle City Council is run.
Mon enfant Te voir pour la premiere fois Me fait trembler d'emoi Et me rend si maladroit Dans les bras de ta mere Encore tout petit Aussi petit que le Petit Poucet J'ai envie de te caresser J'ai peur de te blesser Je veux tellement t'enlacer J'ai peur de te casser J'ai hate de t'embrasser J'ai peur de te froisser Je suis si angoisse
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Other ancient gags brought out of mothballs for the occasion include the Parisian concierge with a Pepe Le Pew accent going on about l'amour, the Parisian hotel with many floors and no elevator, the loud brash Texan millionaire (Pierce gets to impersonate one, a joke that dates all the way back to Rock Hudson in Pillow Talk), and the maladroit drunken waiter who used to be played by Graham Stark in the Pink Panther movies.
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But occasional maladroit phrases do no serious harm to his commanding narrative.
Some analysts here blame both New Delhi and Washington, each distracted with other pressing issues, for what is widely viewed as maladroit bilateral diplomacy in recent years.