Adroit people or things are very skilled or resourceful in a clever way.
So, maladroit people or things are clumsy and awkward. They aren't clever, they aren't skilled, and they aren't resourceful.
mal uh DROIT
Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in “maladroit manners.”
2. After a linking verb, as in "Their manners were maladroit.”)
How to use it:
Talk about maladroit people (and maladroit groups of people,) a maladroit personality (or a maladroit tendency,) a maladroit mind, a maladroit manner (or maladroit manners,) a maladroit style, maladroit comments and questions, maladroit writing, maladroit advertising, and so on.
You can also talk about things being done in a maladroit way: "her maladroit handling of the accusations," "their maladroit management of the staff."
Occasionally you might specify what kind of maladroitness you're talking about: "He's socially maladroit," "She's always so verbally maladroit."
Like we see sometimes with other adjectives, you might use this word as if it's a noun and call someone "a maladroit" (meaning "a maladroit person.") Here's an example: "Any maladroit can assemble this furniture; it's foolproof."
It makes no sense to spend time editing fifty chapters of awkward dialogue when the entire storyline is maladroit. Let's fix that first.
I've left one too many maladroit voicemails, which is sort of why I avoid leaving them at all.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "maladroit" means when you can explain it without saying "bumbling" or "inept."
Think of a skill you just barely have, or a task you can only sort of accomplish, and fill in the blanks: "If you don't mind a/my maladroit (particular kind of aspect or outcome,) then sure, I can _____."
Example: "If you don't mind my maladroit pronunciation and atrocious comprehension of what I'm even saying, then sure, I can read Korean text aloud."
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A Point Well Made:
Aristotle: “Wit is well-bred insolence.”
1. One opposite of MALADROIT is
2. Once again, the maladroit customer service department _____.
A. knowingly provided false information about the safety recall in order to reduce the number of returns
B. "escalated" the issue, which we assume means they will lose track of it
C. had to transfer us to a supervisor who could solve the issue
Answers are below.
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The habitually maladroit person may be a bit farouche and is likely to commit gaucheries left and right. (Could you explain the slight differences among these three terms?)
Speaking of left and right, isn't it interesting how "adroit" is related to the word "right" (as in "right-handed") while "gauche" and "maladroit" are related to "left" (as in "left-handed")? I mention this with apologies to those of you left-handed folks who are, of course, highly skilled and very intelligent.
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