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Meaning of clumsy by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈklʌmzi/ X-SAMPA: /"klVmzi/


    clumsy ( comparative clumsier, superlative clumsiest )

    1. awkward, lacking coordination, not graceful, not dextrous
      He's very clumsy. I wouldn't trust him with carrying the dishes .
    2. Not elegant or well-planned, lacking tact or subtlety
      It is a clumsy solution, but it might work for now .
      What a clumsy joke.. .
    3. awkward or inefficient in use or construction, difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape


    clumsy ( plural: clumsies )

    1. ( informal, fairly rare ) A clumsy person .

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Explanation of clumsy by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. not elegant or graceful in expression

    2. a clumsy apology
    3. lacking grace in movement or posture

    4. clumsy fingers
    5. showing lack of skill or aptitude

    6. did a clumsy job
    7. difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape

    8. clumsy wooden shoes

    Definition of clumsy by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Clumsy a. [Compar. Clumsier ; superl. Clumsiest.] [OE. clumsed benumbed, fr. clumsen to be benumbed; cf. Icel. klumsa lockjaw, dial. Sw. klummsen benumbed with cold. Cf. 1st Clam, and 1st Clamp.]
      1. Stiff or benumbed, as with cold. [Obs.]

      2. Without skill or grace; wanting dexterity, nimbleness, or readiness; stiff; awkward, as if benumbed; unwieldy; unhandy; hence; ill-made, misshapen, or inappropriate; as, “a clumsy person; a clumsy workman; clumsy fingers; a clumsy gesture; a clumsy excuse”.

      But thou in clumsy verse, unlicked, unpointed,

      Hast shamefully defied the Lord's anointed. Dryden.

      Syn. -- See Awkward.