clunky

adjective
\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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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 Historical fencing makes a genuine attempt at historical accuracy, with all the clunky, cumbersome plates of metal or weighty weaves of chainmail designed to protect one from the strikes of a scimitar. Mauricio Savarese, Fox News, "World Cup host set for historical fencing to forget soccer," 1 July 2018 This creates all sorts of conflicts and necessarily makes their operation clunky. Sean Illing, Vox, "Why Border Patrol agents obey immoral orders," 20 June 2018 Users are limited only to iTunes and Apple Music when using an Apple Watch, and Fitbit's music tool in Fitbit Connect is clunky and slow to transfer music to a connected wearable. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Garmin’s new Vivoactive 3 Music is the best competitor to the Apple Watch," 13 June 2018 Usually American tour openers such as this one can be a bit clunky as a band shakes off the rust. Greg Kot, chicagotribune.com, "Radiohead keeps things volatile at United Center," 7 July 2018 Texting is clunky, and the phone has trouble with the basic task of capitalizing just the first letter of a sentence. Michael Zelenko, The Verge, "There’s no perfect minimalist phone — yet," 3 May 2018 The silky double-layer polyester infinity scarf is fitted with a big food-grade silicon teething ring that could pass — sans child — as a clunky accent piece linking the two ends. Judi Dash, Philly.com, "Gadget Guru: Boppy Teething Scarf," 23 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of clunky

1968, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of clunky was in 1968

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clunky

adjective

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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