Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Ineffective or bungling; clumsy.
bungling, awkward, inept, clumsy, bumbling, incompetent, unskilful, heavy-handed, ungainly, inelegant, inexpert, graceless, ungraceful, gauche, unhandy, uncoordinated, gawky, cloddish, clodhopping, all fingers and thumbs, flat-footed, lumberinglike a bull in a china shop, tactless, insensitive, thoughtless, inconsiderate, undiplomatic, impolitic, injudiciousbutterfingered, ham-fisted, ham-handed, cack-handedlubberlyView synonyms
- ‘But what is impressive is the way that their dialogue, often callow and maladroit, is callow and maladroit in precisely the right way.’
- ‘Padlin stared helplessly at his drawing, at his maladroit strokes.’
- ‘Allen, of course, hotly denies this, arguing that his lusty, maladroit, cowardly, witty and nebbish persona is a comic archetype.’
- ‘If Lott's original words are not enough to disqualify him as Senate leader, then his maladroit grasp of public relations should be.’
- ‘I will only make one observation - the Chinese government has been extraordinarily maladroit over the past six months.’
- ‘But her long harsh sentence is cockeyed, as is Peter Beattie's very disappointing and uncharacteristically maladroit response.’
- ‘And so much unlike his younger brother, Eric was maladroit at handling simple home economics tasks.’
- ‘A shame, then; in the book reviewed here… a picture gradually emerges of the artist as a cantankerous and socially maladroit buffoon.’
- ‘In one measured, maladroit motion - only after he had lined up the shot with the ball resting in his right palm - O'Neal aimed and fired.’
- ‘Who loves quiet conversations about feelings or ideas, and can give a dynamite presentation to a big audience, but seems awkward in groups and maladroit at small talk?’
- ‘Perhaps I'm too cynical, but only commercial reasons spring to my mind when I try to justify this maladroit wraparound device.’
- ‘This has been an extremely clumsy maladroit approach on the part of the US economic team.’
- ‘This he contrasts to the maladroit policies pursued by the natives after they acquired independence - which included high tariffs, industrial planning, labor protection, and the like.’
- ‘In the 1930s and in the 1960s, all sorts of maladroit, stodgy unions did quite well.’
- ‘The Germans also launched a maladroit effort to entice Mexico into the war, exposed by the Zimmermann telegraph affair.’
- ‘So, these vines are actually moving these people, explaining their maladroit walking patterns.’
- ‘Clinton's maladroit staffing decisions contributed to the political turmoil of his initial years in the White House.’
- ‘The results included muddled avant-garde theatrical staging techniques and insensitive and maladroit portraits of African Americans.’
- ‘Measured against other degenerate cultures, we are still, in some respects, at the stage of a touchingly maladroit infancy.’
- ‘A single maladroit quip or an unscripted dramatic moment on the campaign trail could spell the difference between victory and defeat.’
Late 17th century: French.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.