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.
Recent Examples of clumsy from the Web
And the tablet's casing is less fragile than those of premium models like the iPad and Galaxy Tab S3, easing concerns when tossing it in your bag without a case or handing it off to a clumsy family member.
The clumsy stagger-step between every action is a pain, but it’s basically all there is to Valkyria Revolution’s combat.
The clumsy handling of David Griffin makes this plan slightly more feasible.
Tiny joeys, still clumsy hoppers, skitter around the kitchen floor, including Harvey, the joey that Williams recently found.
VanLoh’s approach is now widely seen as tone-deaf and arrogant; James recently said that the Aviation Department’s original single terminal talk was clumsy.
San Diego State’s leadership having compounded its unpreparedness with indignant stubbornness in dealing with the SoccerCity crew is clumsy brushing up against ineptitude.
The royal family made a stately appearance at the Royal Ascot on Tuesday, but a minor clumsy mishap occurred behind the scenes.
Until somebody does though, the Audi's performance and efficiency are likely to offset its clumsy phone controls and lackadaisical stop-start feature in the eyes of many buyers.
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Origin and Etymology of clumsy
probably from obsolete English clumse benumbed with cold
First Known Use: circa 1598See Words from the same year
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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