adjective clum·sy \ˈkləm-zē\

: 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

a :  lacking dexterity, nimbleness, or grace <clumsy fingers>
b :  lacking tact or subtlety <a clumsy joke>
:  awkward or inefficient in use or construction :  unwieldy <a clumsy contraption>
clum·si·ly \-zə-lē\ adverb
clum·si·ness \-zē-nəs\ noun

Examples of CLUMSY

  1. I'm sorry about spilling your wine—that was very clumsy of me.
  2. I have very clumsy hands and tend to drop things.
  3. She made a clumsy attempt at a joke.

Origin of CLUMSY

probably from obsolete English clumse benumbed with cold
First Known Use: circa 1598


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