Definition of clumsy
1a : lacking dexterity, nimbleness, or grace clumsy fingersb : lacking tact or subtlety a clumsy joke
2 : awkward or inefficient in use or construction : unwieldy a clumsy contraption criticized her sentence for its clumsy construction
clumsilyplay \-zə-lē\ adverb
clumsinessplay \-zē-nəs\ noun
Examples of clumsy in a sentence
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 and Etymology of clumsy
probably from obsolete English clumse benumbed with cold
First Known Use: circa 1598
Synonym Discussion of clumsy
CLUMSY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of clumsy for English Language Learners
: 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
CLUMSY Defined for Kids
Definition of clumsy for Students
1 : lacking skill or grace in movement clumsy fingers
2 : awkwardly or carelessly made or done a clumsy apology a clumsy error
3 : awkward to handle a clumsy package
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