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maladroit Syllabification: mal·a·droit
Pronunciation: /ˌmaləˈdroit/

Definition of maladroit in English:


Ineffective or bungling; clumsy.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • I will only make one observation - the Chinese government has been extraordinarily maladroit over the past six months.
bungling, awkward, inept, clumsy, bumbling, incompetent, unskillful, heavy-handed, gauche, tactless, inconsiderate, undiplomatic, impolitic
informal ham-fisted, all thumbs, klutzy


Pronunciation: /ˌmaləˈdroitlē/
Example sentences
  • I groaned internally as I recalled the plane ride where I had maladroitly gotten sick all over Ross.
  • Legalist institutions that manage that pursuit maladroitly are ultimately swept away.
  • Small-scale land restitution to those who could prove they owned it before 1947 has been maladroitly handled.
Pronunciation: /ˌmaləˈdroitnəs/
Example sentences
  • Unfortunately it appears that Mr Rahman's maladroitness precedes him.
  • Not only is the moment not particularly funny, its maladroitness ruins any momentum the film had been building.
  • Mishaps and maladroitness end in pairing for all, as their love ‘started in eternity and will last till doomsday’.


Late 17th century: French.

Words that rhyme with maladroit

adroit, dacoit, Detroit, doit, droit, exploit, quoit
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