\ 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 But all are constrained by a clunky and complicated legal and legislative system that makes any such enforcement a multi-year affair with uncertain outcomes. Zachary Karabell, Time, 9 July 2021 Later this year, most of these NGOs have to apply to renew their licenses under the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act (FCRA), a clunky and often ambiguous piece of legislation. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 6 July 2021 The dialogue can be clunky and easy to guess in advance, and there’s an unfortunate reliance on jump scares. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, 30 June 2021 Without a modernized culture and proper alignment, optimizing innovation is a clunky and difficult process. Gregg Ostrowski, Forbes, 29 June 2021 Born at just 26 weeks, and with neuromuscular challenges, Buster had to wear clunky, plastic braces that often scared other children. Rachel Desantis,, 25 June 2021 Currently there is integration between Xbox and Windows 10 on PC, including the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription that includes games on both platforms, but that integration remains a bit clunky. Erik Kain, Forbes, 16 June 2021 Immersive View is just as clunky as any of Zoom’s virtual backgrounds. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, 28 Apr. 2021 Automation can help speed intelligent decision-making about which workloads are still performing and which ones are clunky and difficult to query. Chetan Mathur, Forbes, 18 June 2021

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First Known Use of clunky

1968, in the meaning defined above

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“Clunky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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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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