from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Marked by a lack of adroitness; inept.
  • n. An inept person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. inept; clumsy; awkward; not adroit
  • n. Somebody who is inept, or lacking in skill, or talent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of a quality opposed to adroitness; clumsy; awkward; unskillful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not adroit or dexterous; inexpert; clumsy; awkward; unhandy; bungling.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not adroit


French : mal-, mal- + adroit, adroit; see adroit.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French maladroit, from mal- ("bad, badly") + adroit ("skilful") (Wiktionary)


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