clunky

adjective
\ 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.

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Forget the so-so voices (except for the enchanting one belonging to Angela Cesena as the beggar woman/fairy godmother) and some rather clunky — but astounding — costumes (more on that later). Joanne Engelhardt, The Mercury News, "Theater review: ‘Cinderella’ gets a make-over worth seeing," 25 July 2019 Inelegant, unrefined, heavy, clunky, compromised; bikes with inescapable caveats and asterisks. Matt Phillips, Popular Mechanics, "The Specialized Turbo Creo SL Is an E-Bike That Changes Everything," 16 July 2019 The tedious administration of health care — the paperwork, the phone calls, the clunky computer systems — costs billions of dollars annually in Massachusetts alone. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "State watchdog seeks to simplify complex health care system — and save money," 29 July 2019 At the time, Wikipedia pages were clunky and poorly formatted, packed with low-quality photos and too much information. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "A Wikipedia for Generation Z," 25 July 2019 Consumers are finding that VR is typically too expensive, too clunky, or too uncomfortable, and lacking in content that is worth trying more than once or twice. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "The Fall and Rise of VR: The Struggle to Make Virtual Reality Get Real," 20 June 2019 Shaft drive on some motorcycles can produce a clunky, jacking effect in the driveline, but the Ryker was easy. Ben Stewart, Popular Mechanics, "8 Cool Things About the Can-Am Ryker," 13 Nov. 2018 If these clunky, crumbly, gluten-free cookies didn’t taste so good, this would be a fail. Jolene Thym, The Mercury News, "Taste-Off: The best chocolate sandwich cookies," 8 June 2019 The script is clunky, the plot barely worth dwelling on, and the most compelling character development arcs belong to the wrong people. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Dark Phoenix Isn’t Quite As Bad As The Game of Thrones Finale, But It’s Close," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of clunky

1968, in the meaning defined above

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clunky

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of clunky

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

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