A Word A Day : Maladroit

Monday, 22nd October 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Noun & Adjective )

Pronunciation : màlle-dróyt

1. clumsy or insensitive in speech or behavior

2. showing lack of skill or tact

3. an inept person

4. lacking grace or skill in manner or movement or performance


Mid-17th century - French à droit by right- properly % mis meaning improper


awkward, clumsy, inept, gauche, ungainly, inelegant, graceless, gawky, unskillful, ham-fisted, insensitive, ham-handed


dexterous, elegant, gracious, skillful, sensitive

Contextual Examples:

• "The snare is rather MALADROIT for the cardinal," replied the young man, smiling.

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