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

adj not adroit

“a maladroit movement of his hand caused the car to swerve”
“a maladroit translation”
maladroit propaganda”
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
lacking the skillful and effective interaction of muscle movements
nonmechanical, unmechanical
(of a person) lacking mechanical skills
lacking grace or skill in manner or movement or performance
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
skillful with the hands
light-fingered, nimble-fingered
having nimble fingers literally or figuratively; especially for stealing or picking pockets
mentally nimble and resourceful
marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with cunning or craft
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