Simple Definition of clumsy
: moving or doing things in a very awkward way and tending to drop or break things
: badly or awkwardly made or done
: hard to use : awkward to handle
Full Definition of clumsy
1 a : lacking dexterity, nimbleness, or grace <clumsy fingers> b : lacking tact or subtlety <a clumsy joke>
2 : awkward or inefficient in use or construction : unwieldy <a clumsy contraption>
Examples of clumsy
I'm sorry about spilling your wine—that was very clumsy of me.
I have very clumsy hands and tend to drop things.
She made a clumsy attempt at a joke.
Origin of clumsy
probably from obsolete English clumse benumbed with cold
First Known Use: circa 1598
Synonym Discussion of clumsy
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