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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj unskillful poorly done "a botchy piece of work","it was an unskillful attempt"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Unskillful Lacking discernment; injudicious; ignorant. "Though it make the unskillful laugh, can not but make the judicious grieve."
    • Unskillful Not skillful; inexperienced; awkward; bungling; as, an unskillful surgeon or mechanic; an unskillful logician.
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  • William Shakespeare
    “Though it make the unskillful laugh, cannot but make the judicious grieve.”
  • Edward Gibbon
    “Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved-to write a book.”
  • Brooks Atkinson
    Brooks Atkinson
    “Don't be condescending to unskilled labor. Try it for a half a day first.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Spelt also unskilful,


In literature:

Then he set to work to bandage anew the wound, from which Pierre himself had not unskilfully extracted the bullet.
"Pierre And His People, [Tales of the Far North], Complete" by Gilbert Parker
Its greatness has been obscured in the English theatre by the general unskilfulness of the dramatic version presented.
"Play-Making" by William Archer
Unskilful shoeing also plays a part in the causation of sand-crack.
"Diseases of the Horse's Foot" by Harry Caulton Reeks
He did every thing in his power to remove it; but his attempts were rude and unskilful.
"Caleb Williams" by William Godwin
A very unskilful Cobbler, finding himself unable to make a living at his trade, gave up mending boots and took to doctoring instead.
"Aesop's Fables" by Aesop
From differences (in characteristics), another work may be said to be that of an unskilful hand.
"Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 1" by Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa
In unskilful hands it may work more damage than benefit.
"A start in life" by C. F. Dowsett
There are too many unskilled workers in proportion to the population to make this seem very near.
"Crime: Its Cause and Treatment" by Clarence Darrow
Thou knowest my unskillfulness; teach me the wondrous things out of Thy law and heal me.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol IX." by Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
Though not altogether unskilful surgeons, the Maoris knew virtually nothing of medicine.
"The Long White Cloud" by William Pember Reeves
She was no unskillful performer on this instrument, and solely by such aid she gained her food and lodging to the interior of Georgia.
"Miriam Monfort" by Catherine A. Warfield
Kings do not like the unskilful.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
He had not unskilfully caught many of the tricks of that metropolitan environment.
"The Regent" by E. Arnold Bennett
Thousands upon thousands of these condemn themselves to mere unskilled manual labor.
"Analyzing Character" by Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
Am I not just a plain Highland lassie, as unskilled in flattering speeches as in furbelows and patches?
"A Daughter of Raasay" by William MacLeod Raine
Sir Philip's wound was unskilfully treated, and finally caused his death.
"Stories and Legends of Travel and History, for Children" by Grace Greenwood
Polly, however, was too unskilled in the management of her thoughts to be able to relax at will.
"Across the Mesa" by Jarvis Hall
They have match-locks, but use them very unskillfully.
"Great Pirate Stories" by Various
Unskilled at murder and without training in running away, one of the two Healy boys had been caught with ease soon after their crime.
"Red Men and White" by Owen Wister
This parallel extended from unskilled work to the highest skilled pursuits.
"Negro Migration during the War" by Emmett J. Scott

In poetry:

His brother, too, whose factious zeal
Usurped the sceptre of Castile,
Unskilled to reign;
What a gay, brilliant court had he,
When all the flower of chivalry
Was in his train!
"Coplas De Manrique (From The Spanish)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
She bears it in her wanderings
Within her arms, and has not pressed
Her unskilled fingers, but her breast
Upon those silent sacred strings;
I, too, clasp mystic strings at rest.
"Future Poetry" by Alice Meynell
For which I cry both day and night,
For which I let slip all delight,
That maketh me both deaf and blind,
Careless to win, unskill'd to find,
And quick to lose what all men seek.
"The Nymph's Song To Hylas" by William Morris
The sightless, on a tow'r — the foe to see —
The stupid — to instruct a stupid race —
Th' unskillful steersman, to the helm, at sea,
By man are plac'd — God such did never place.
"The Duty Of Clergymen" by Rees Prichard
'Twas here, O Forth! for luve o' thee,
Frae wine, and mirth, and cards he'd flee; Here too, unskill'd, sweet Poesy!
He woo'd thy art--
Alas! nor skill nor guide had he,
Save warmth o' heart!
"The Links O' Forth : Or, A Parting Peep At The Carse O' Sterling" by Hector MacNeill
Though the loud cannon plane
Death's lightning-riven lane,
Levelling that unskill'd valour, rude, unled:
--Yet happier in their fate
Than whom the war-fiends wait
To rend them limb from limb, the gibbet-withering dead!
"The Ballad Of King Monmouth" by Francis Turner Palgrave

In news:

A scene common in american cities during the 1930s, skilled and unskilled laborers alike stood in bread line s like this one near the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.
A scene common in american cities during the 1930s, skilled and unskilled laborers alike stood in bread lines like this one near the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.
Getting Technical on Unskilled Immigrants and Complementary Labor.
Once upon a time, part-time jobs were what you took if you were unskilled or unable to secure a full-time job.
Late payments, unskilled workers, high taxes.
Learn to live with unskilled manager.
Meeting's focus: Train unskilled workers for jobs.
There Is No Such Thing As Unskilled Labor.
The Death of Unskilled Labor.
Branstad aims to bridge unskilled workforce gap.
Illegal Immgrants Might Be Undocumented, But They're Not Unskilled .
'Disabled' doesn't mean ' unskilled '.
After that, it's up to business people to recognize that disability does not automatically mean unskilled .
How can a staffing firm that works with unskilled labor expand into professional staffing placements.
Having lots of unskilled gamers do the legwork not only speeds things up, but also improves the accuracy of the results, the researchers say.