maladroit

If you are clumsy, you are maladroit. But the word can mean all kinds of clumsy. Trip over your words? You are verbally maladroit. Stumble in social situations? You're socially maladroit.

When someone is adroit, they are graceful and nimble; they show a lot of dexterity. Maladroit is the opposite of that. It means clumsy, but with a hint of overall incompetence. If someone calls you maladroit, or says that you are a maladroit, they're not being the least bit nice. They mean that you've bungled something up with your fumbling.

Definitions of maladroit
  1. adjective
    not adroit
    “a maladroit movement of his hand caused the car to swerve”
    “a maladroit translation”
    maladroit propaganda”
    Synonyms:
    bumbling, bungling, butterfingered, ham-fisted, ham-handed, handless, heavy-handed, left-handed
    lacking physical movement skills, especially with the hands
    inept, tactless
    revealing lack of perceptiveness or judgment or finesse
    uncoordinated
    lacking the skillful and effective interaction of muscle movements
    nonmechanical, unmechanical
    (of a person) lacking mechanical skills
    awkward
    lacking grace or skill in manner or movement or performance
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    Antonyms:
    adroit
    quick or skillful or adept in action or thought
    clean, neat
    free from clumsiness; precisely or deftly executed
    clever, cunning, ingenious
    showing inventiveness and skill
    co-ordinated, coordinated
    being dexterous in the use of more than one set of muscle movements
    deft, dexterous, dextrous
    skillful in physical movements; especially of the hands
    handy
    skillful with the hands
    light-fingered, nimble-fingered
    having nimble fingers literally or figuratively; especially for stealing or picking pockets
    quick-witted
    mentally nimble and resourceful
    artful
    marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with cunning or craft
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