\ ˈkləŋ-kē How to pronounce clunky (audio) \
clunkier; clunkiest

Definition of clunky

: clumsy in style, form, or execution a clunky thriller clunky earrings

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 And even then, for the moment, the functionality is too clunky to use regularly. Jordan Mcmahon, WSJ, 30 Aug. 2022 The on-screen movements are too intricate, the controllers are too clunky, phone batteries aren’t strong enough to withstand extensive use, and a simple phone call could boot you from a game. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 5 July 2022 But what if the offense still looks clunky at the end of the month? Karen Guregian, Hartford Courant, 8 Aug. 2022 Yet, making system updates was clunky, and the company sought a better overall experience for employees and clientele. Joyce Mullen, Forbes, 19 July 2022 There were about a hundred people in the audience, most of them listening to Wax through live translation on clunky plastic headsets. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, 27 June 2022 The writing will not only appear clunky and unnatural but can also make the site appear less valuable to search engines. Peter Boyd, Forbes, 27 June 2022 People aren’t expected to spend entire workdays wearing clunky headsets for virtual meetings. Sarah E. Needleman, WSJ, 7 Feb. 2022 This method is a little clunky and less reliable than streaming from a dedicated app. Reece Rogers, Wired, 9 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of clunky

1968, in the meaning defined above

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“Clunky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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