adjective Date: 1565 not skillful ; lacking in skill or proficiency • unskillfully adverbunskillfulness noun

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  • Unskillful — Un*skill ful, a. [Spelt also unskilful.] [1913 Webster] 1. Not skillful; inexperienced; awkward; bungling; as, an unskillful surgeon or mechanic; an unskillful logician. [1913 Webster] 2. Lacking discernment; injudicious; ignorant. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unskillful — index inadept, incapable, incompetent, inept (incompetent) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • unskillful — late 14c., “foolish,” from UN (Cf. un ) (1) “not” + SKILLFUL (Cf. skillful). Meaning “inexpert” is from 1560s …   Etymology dictionary

  • unskillful — [unskil′fəl] adj. not skillful; having little or no skill or dexterity; awkward unskillfully adv. unskillfulness n …   English World dictionary

  • unskillful — adjective poorly done a botchy piece of work it was an unskillful attempt • Syn: ↑botchy, ↑butcherly • Similar to: ↑unskilled • Derivationally related forms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • unskillful — unskillfully, adv. unskillfulness, n. /un skil feuhl/, adj. not skillful; clumsy or bungling. Also, esp. Brit., unskilful. [1350 1400; 1555 65 for current sense; ME unskylful unreasonable. See UN 1, SKILLFUL] Syn. untrained, maladroit, inept. * * …   Universalium

  • unskillful — adjective Not skillful. See Also: unskilled …   Wiktionary

  • unskillful — Synonyms and related words: alert, artless, bad, base, black, criminal, deficient, evil, half assed, ill, imperfect, improper, inaccurate, inadept, inadequate, inapt, inattentive, inauspicious, incapable, incompetent, inefficient, inept,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • unskillful — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. maladroit, inept, clumsy, bungling; see awkward 1 . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. see unskilled III (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Lacking the qualities, as efficiency or skill, required to produce desired… …   English dictionary for students

  • unskillful — adj. inexpert, not skilled, awkward, incompetent …   English contemporary dictionary

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