Definition of Clumsy

1. Adjective. Lacking grace in movement or posture. "Heaved his unwieldy figure out of his chair"

Exact synonyms: Clunky, Gawky, Ungainly, Unwieldy
Similar to: Awkward
Derivative terms: Clumsiness, Gawk, Gawkiness, Ungainliness



2. Adjective. Not elegant or graceful in expression. "If the rumor is true, can anything be more inept than to repeat it now?"
Exact synonyms: Awkward, Cumbersome, Ill-chosen, Inapt, Inept
Similar to: Infelicitous
Derivative terms: Awkwardness, Clumsiness, Inaptness, Ineptness

3. Adjective. Difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape. "The cello, a rather ungainly instrument for a girl"
Exact synonyms: Awkward, Bunglesome, Ungainly
Similar to: Unmanageable, Unwieldy
Derivative terms: Awkwardness

4. Adjective. Showing lack of skill or aptitude. "His fumbling attempt to put up a shelf"
Exact synonyms: Bungling, Fumbling, Incompetent
Similar to: Unskilled
Derivative terms: Clumsiness, Incompetence, Incompetency

Definition of Clumsy

1. a. Stiff or benumbed, as with cold.

Definition of Clumsy

1. Adjective. awkward, lacking coordination, not graceful, not dextrous ¹

2. Adjective. Not elegant or well-planned, lacking tact or subtlety ¹

3. Adjective. awkward or inefficient in use or construction, difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape ¹

4. Noun. (informal fairly rare) A clumsy person. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Clumsy

1. awkward [adj -SIER, -SIEST] : CLUMSILY [adv] - See also: awkward

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Clumsy

clumpiness
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clumping
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clumsy (current term)
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clunch
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Literary usage of Clumsy

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1. The Antiquary by Edward Walford, John Charles Cox, George Latimer Apperson (1880)
"... the later ones are of a somewhat less clumsy character and, besides being in some cases made of a finer kind of clay, are occasionally characterised by ..."

2. The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem Van Loon (1921)
"... WHICH HAD MADE THE clumsy OLD STEAM ENGINE OF THE 18TH CENTURY THE MOST FAITHFUL AND EFFICIENT SLAVE OF MAN THE greatest benefactor of the human race ..."

3. Handy-book of Literary Curiosities by William Shepard Walsh (1892)
"France expiated by the devastation of an entire province a coarse and clumsy play upon "corpse" and "corpulence" made by the French king in derision of his ..."

4. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"... briefly described by Meyer: "First, from the fifth century a slow groping struggle with many essays, clumsy but still attractive in their ingenuousness. ..."

5. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic (1896)
"Your intentions are all right, but your execution is hopelessly clumsy. I came up to your bedroom there twice while you were sick, just to say ' howdy,' and ..."

6. Diary of the American Revolution: From Newspapers and Original Documents by Frank Moore (1860)
"... clumsy fellow, turns the toe of his right foot very much out in his walk ; very much addicted to swearing and getting drank ; he has run away several ..."

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