\ˈkləŋ-kē \
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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And don’t think it’s all about clunky or confusing pieces either. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "The 15 Best Tech Gadgets for Going Back to School and the Office," 23 Aug. 2018 They aren’t helped by the touring production’s sometimes shoddy production values, which rely on clunky set pieces and projections. John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press, "Review: Musical numbers save 'On Your Feet!' from itself," 4 May 2018 While rich in corn flavor with a pleasant background spice, the cubes of potato were cut too large, taking over the soup and making each bite a bit clunky. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Review: For healthy and tasty, new Shelbyville Road restaurant and juice bar hits the spot," 14 Feb. 2018 The formula works just about every time, to the point where a painfully clunky horror movie like Rings can get away with startling audiences just by having an umbrella open up on-screen really, really loudly. Verge Staff, The Verge, "Smart scares for smart people," 31 Oct. 2018 Sprinkled among the myriad clunky scenes of cataclysmic devastation and cliched relationship dialogue are small nods to humor. Michael Heaton,, "'Pacific Rim' sequel will please fans of the original (review)," 23 Mar. 2018 Examples in the show from his time in Paris include small, sportive portraits of an uncle and, from 1866, a life-size, heroically clunky one of his father reading a leftist newspaper—which the starchy patriarch would not have liked. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "The Lurchingly Uneven Portraits of Paul Cézanne," 21 Feb. 2011 Even many climate activists think the CPP was an imperfect solution – a way to use existing legislation in a somewhat clunky way, given the failure of Congress to craft a bill that more directly targets climate change and greenhouse gas emissions. Mark Trumbull, The Christian Science Monitor, "From new leadership to Clean Power Plan, subtle shifts ripple through EPA," 11 July 2018 Unlike ordinary sleek assault rifles, this weapon is a clunky rectangular shape with a pistol grip, foregrip, and a telescopic sight. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China Claims to Have a Laser Assault Rifle That Can Set Clothes on Fire," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of clunky

1968, in the meaning defined above

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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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