(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. incompetent, unskilled, clumsy, all thumbs. See unskillfulness, folly, inelegance.
Ant., skillful.
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Unsuitable]
Syn. not adapted, inappropriate, out of place; see unfit 2 , unsuitable .
2. [Awkward]
Syn. clumsy, gauche, bungling, incompetent; see awkward 1 , incompetent .
See Synonym Study at awkward .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) a.
[in EPT]
awkward, clumsy, incompetent; unsuitable.
Every beginning carpenter is inept.
SYN.: awkward, clumsy, incompetent, unfit, unskilled, bungling, *all thumbs, ungraceful, oafish, maladroit, wrong, unsuitable, inappropriate.
ANT.: competent, skilled, graceful, appropriate
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Not suited to circumstances: improper, inappropriate, inapt, incongruous, malapropos, unapt, unbecoming, unbefitting, unfit, unseemly, unsuitable. Idiom: out of place. See AGREE, USUAL. 2. Characterized by inappro-priateness and gracelessness, especially in expression: awkward, ill-chosen, inappropriate, infelicitous, unfortunate, unhappy. See ABILITY, GOOD. 3. Lacking the qualities, as efficiency or skill, required to produce desired results: inapt, incapable, incompetent, inefficient, inexpert, unskilled, unskillful, unworkmanlike. See ABILITY. 4. Clumsily lacking in the ability to do or perform: awkward, bumbling, clumsy, gauche, heavy-handed, maladroit, unskillful. See ABILITY. 5. Lacking dexterity and grace in physical movement: awkward, clumsy, gawky, graceless, lumpish, maladroit, ungainly, ungraceful. Slang: klutzy. Idiom: all thumbs. See ABILITY.

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