\ ˈkləŋ-kē How to pronounce clunky (audio) \
clunkier; clunkiest

Definition of clunky

: clumsy in style, form, or execution a clunky thriller clunky earrings

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Examples of clunky in a Sentence

I drive a clunky old station wagon. His act was full of clunky one-liners.
Recent Examples on the Web The system for delivering oxygen cylinders is clunky and expensive. Washington Post, "Scarce medical oxygen worldwide leaves many gasping for life," 24 June 2020 Recent government stimulus programs have shown just how clunky and inefficient payments are in some countries. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Covid is accelerating the demise of cash, highlighting racial inequities in digital payments," 24 June 2020 People love how the shoes slip on easily yet hug your foot snugly and securely and provide the right amount of protection without feeling clunky or heavy. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "25 game-changing beach essentials you need this summer," 19 June 2020 Yet the clunky Hindi word does seem to have caught on, albeit less with the Indian public than with their bureaucratic overlords. The Economist, "Banyan India’s bureaucrats are fighting covid-19 with red tape," 13 June 2020 The mechanics of the original Last of Us were always a little clunky and cumbersome, but moving through the world of The Last of Us Part II is seamless. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The Last of Us Part II Is a Revolutionary Video Game—and an Unbelievably Grim One," 12 June 2020 Modern Pogo Stick Trade out that clunky old pogo stick for something a lot more portable and space-saving. Christina Oehler,, "10 Outdoor Activities for Kids That Will Make Them Forget They’re Stuck at Home," 9 June 2020 The shopping experience can be clunky and confusing, especially for older consumers. Matthew Boyle,, "Americans, It Turns Out, Would Rather Visit a Store Than Buy Food Online," 3 June 2020 Emotional cries such as 'Holy Spirit come fill this place' always felt clunky and awkward leaving my lips. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Christian rock band members react: Lead singer of Hawk Nelson reveals he doesn't believe in God," 27 May 2020

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First Known Use of clunky

1968, in the meaning defined above

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8 Jul 2020

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“Clunky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce clunky (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of clunky

: large and awkward in form or appearance
: old and not working well
: badly or awkwardly made or done

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