but·​ter·​fin·​gered ˈbə-tər-ˌfiŋ-gərd How to pronounce butterfingered (audio)
: apt to let things fall or slip through the fingers : careless
butterfingers noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction

Examples of butterfingered in a Sentence

I'm so butterfingered this morning—I keep dropping things.

Word History

First Known Use

1615, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of butterfingered was in 1615

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Cite this Entry

“Butterfingered.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butterfingered. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


but·​ter·​fin·​gered -ˌfiŋ-gərd How to pronounce butterfingered (audio)
: likely to let things fall or slip through the fingers
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