Definition of unskilful in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʌnˈskɪlfʊl/
(also chiefly US unskillful)


Not having or showing skill: though kind and willing, she was unskilful
More example sentences
  • In any art the specialist, even if he is unskillful, is always superior to the most talented amateur.
  • Present government has a unskillful and clumsy economic policy.
  • It occurs to me that this may be, at least in part, because they are unusually unskillful and unsceptical users of the medium.
informal ham-fisted, ham-handed, cack-handed, cowboy, not up to scratch



Pronunciation: /ʌnˈskɪlfʊli/ /ʌnˈskɪlf(ə)li/
Example sentences
  • At one point the nurse left the room, leaving the dentist to rather unskillfully wield both drill and suction device.
  • It is in a cellar, decorated not unskilfully by a graffiti artist.
  • The congregation, who had been expecting an unskillfully played favorite hymn of Ruth's, was in hushed amazement, for it was a technically demanding piece.


Pronunciation: /ˈʌnskɪlfʊlnəs/ /ʌnˈskɪlf(ə)lnəs/
Example sentences
  • When Nicholas Pryor from Nashville, Tennessee, wrote him about problems with his tin roof Jefferson speculated, ‘If your tin covering has failed, it must have been from unskilfulness.’
  • There is no apology for a man if he puts another in so dangerous and hazardous a situation by his treatment of him, that some degree of unskilfulness and mistaken treatment of himself may possibly accelerate the fatal catastrophe.
  • An error in judgment has long been distinguished from an act of unskilfulness or carelessness or due to lack of knowledge.

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