Definition of maladroit in English:



  • Ineffective or bungling; clumsy.

    • ‘This has been an extremely clumsy maladroit approach on the part of the US economic team.’
    • ‘The Germans also launched a maladroit effort to entice Mexico into the war, exposed by the Zimmermann telegraph affair.’
    • ‘Allen, of course, hotly denies this, arguing that his lusty, maladroit, cowardly, witty and nebbish persona is a comic archetype.’
    • ‘Padlin stared helplessly at his drawing, at his maladroit strokes.’
    • ‘The results included muddled avant-garde theatrical staging techniques and insensitive and maladroit portraits of African Americans.’
    • ‘A single maladroit quip or an unscripted dramatic moment on the campaign trail could spell the difference between victory and defeat.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Measured against other degenerate cultures, we are still, in some respects, at the stage of a touchingly maladroit infancy.’
    • ‘I will only make one observation - the Chinese government has been extraordinarily maladroit over the past six months.’
    • ‘So, these vines are actually moving these people, explaining their maladroit walking patterns.’
    • ‘A shame, then; in the book reviewed here… a picture gradually emerges of the artist as a cantankerous and socially maladroit buffoon.’
    • ‘In the 1930s and in the 1960s, all sorts of maladroit, stodgy unions did quite well.’
    • ‘Clinton's maladroit staffing decisions contributed to the political turmoil of his initial years in the White House.’
    • ‘If Lott's original words are not enough to disqualify him as Senate leader, then his maladroit grasp of public relations should be.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘But her long harsh sentence is cockeyed, as is Peter Beattie's very disappointing and uncharacteristically maladroit response.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Perhaps I'm too cynical, but only commercial reasons spring to my mind when I try to justify this maladroit wraparound device.’
    • ‘And so much unlike his younger brother, Eric was maladroit at handling simple home economics tasks.’
    • ‘But what is impressive is the way that their dialogue, often callow and maladroit, is callow and maladroit in precisely the right way.’
    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, lumbering
    like a bull in a china shop, tactless, insensitive, thoughtless, inconsiderate, undiplomatic, impolitic, injudicious
    butterfingered, ham-fisted, ham-handed, cack-handed
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Late 17th century: French.