Definition of tactless in English:



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

    ‘a tactless remark’
    • ‘Marlene, bless her, would make the same tactless remarks I was threatening to spill.’
    • ‘They're both tactless (even though Isabelle is much more so than Mum) and they both love criticising me to their hearts delight.’
    • ‘He's tactless and lacks judgment but he's irresistible just the same.’
    • ‘Well, okay, it is true, since he has the tendency to be blunt and tactless at times.’
    • ‘Sometimes he could be surprisingly blunt and tactless, perhaps passing on some unwelcome bit of information.’
    • ‘She is domineering, prone to tactless remarks, and often self-centered.’
    • ‘For a prime minister who fought the election on improving public services, such increases look like thoughtless and tactless extravagance.’
    • ‘Then she flinched, thinking herself completely stupid, blunt and tactless.’
    • ‘She is very smart and well-known and respected in our community - except for her tactless, uncaring personality.’
    • ‘They have been completely tactless and insensitive to anyone's feelings.’
    • ‘I was shocked at the tactless way that he spoke within the hearing of the parents.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Others are the victims of tactless, heavy-handed criticism from superiors.’
    • ‘Although talented, he was always a difficult colleague, proud, tactless, short-tempered, and easily offended.’
    • ‘Arrogant in their opinions and assumptions, they can be blunt, outspoken and downright tactless.’
    • ‘Her responses grew more tentative and insecure with each of his outrageously tactless remarks.’
    • ‘Where he is unapologetically tactless, though, is in his treatment of his critics.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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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