Definition of tactless in English:



  • Having or showing a lack of skill and sensitivity in dealing with others or with difficult issues.

    ‘a tactless remark’
    • ‘They're both tactless (even though Isabelle is much more so than Mum) and they both love criticising me to their hearts delight.’
    • ‘Where he is unapologetically tactless, though, is in his treatment of his critics.’
    • ‘I was shocked at the tactless way that he spoke within the hearing of the parents.’
    • ‘He's tactless and lacks judgment but he's irresistible just the same.’
    • ‘Arrogant in their opinions and assumptions, they can be blunt, outspoken and downright tactless.’
    • ‘Gracie turned away, and Jade inwardly kicked herself for being tactless, though she didn't really know of a tactful way to ask a question like that.’
    • ‘Marlene, bless her, would make the same tactless remarks I was threatening to spill.’
    • ‘She is very smart and well-known and respected in our community - except for her tactless, uncaring personality.’
    • ‘Her responses grew more tentative and insecure with each of his outrageously tactless remarks.’
    • ‘Sometimes he could be surprisingly blunt and tactless, perhaps passing on some unwelcome bit of information.’
    • ‘Although talented, he was always a difficult colleague, proud, tactless, short-tempered, and easily offended.’
    • ‘For a prime minister who fought the election on improving public services, such increases look like thoughtless and tactless extravagance.’
    • ‘Focus on peoples' loyal, affectionate qualities rather than their tactless, inconsiderate ones.’
    • ‘Sure he could be a grouch, and completely tactless and insensitive, but he always seemed to have justifications for his actions, or at least would redeem himself.’
    • ‘They have been completely tactless and insensitive to anyone's feelings.’
    • ‘A rather rude and tactless comment a few weeks ago when some of them had tried to visit her in hospital had assured them that she was still just as unsociable as before the kidnapping.’
    • ‘Well, okay, it is true, since he has the tendency to be blunt and tactless at times.’
    • ‘She is domineering, prone to tactless remarks, and often self-centered.’
    • ‘Then she flinched, thinking herself completely stupid, blunt and tactless.’
    • ‘Others are the victims of tactless, heavy-handed criticism from superiors.’
    insensitive, inconsiderate, thoughtless, unthinking, indelicate, undiplomatic, impolitic, indiscreet, unsubtle, clumsy, heavy-handed, graceless, awkward, unpolished, inept, bungling, maladroit, gauche, undiscerning, unsophisticated
    blunt, straightforward, frank, plain-spoken, outspoken, abrupt, precipitate
    gruff, bluff, rough, crude, coarse, speaking as one finds, calling a spade a spade, like a bull in a china shop
    imprudent, injudicious, unwise, foolhardy
    rude, impolite, uncouth, discourteous, crass, tasteless, impertinent, disrespectful, ungentlemanly, unladylike, boorish, uncivilized, uncivil
    unkind, uncaring, uncalled for, callous, hurtful, thick-skinned, uncharitable, cruel
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