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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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 There’s a censorship regime that makes films slightly clunky. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Why a 118-year-old Bollywood music label is now betting on offbeat films," 6 June 2019 Unlike past Fitbit trackers that overall look rubbery and sometimes clunky, the Inspire trackers are small and sleek. Amy Marturana, SELF, "Fitbit Made Some Big Changes to Its Product Lineup," 27 Apr. 2019 Spring’s adventure involved comically clunky wooden-soled shoes, psychedelic prints, gingham, accessorized with jewelry by artist Victoria Duffee. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Haikw/ Wins the 2018 Bik Bok Runway Award in Oslo," 18 Aug. 2018 It was limited, working only with Google’s Pixel phones, and clunky, requiring use of the Google Translate app on the phone. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "The headphone wars have begun," 3 Oct. 2018 Brokerage accounts were so clunky and costly that investors in individual stocks often didn’t reinvest dividends at all. Jason Zweig, WSJ, "Bogle’s Other Financial Revolution," 18 Jan. 2019

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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

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

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