\ 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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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 Most space heaters are clunky and brown, with a weird netting across the front. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "Yes, Attractive Space Heaters Actually Exist," 1 Feb. 2019 But judged as a serious piece of cinema, Misra’s directing debut is an obstinately tone-deaf misfire full of stock characters, wooden performances, clunky lines and risibly absurd plot twists. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Lies We Tell': Film Review," 30 Jan. 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. Judi Dash,, "Fashionable, versatile and safe: what every traveler needs," 26 Mar. 2018 Electric stoves, on the other hand, can be pretty clunky. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "This Is How to Cook Well With an Electric Stove," 28 Jan. 2019 Tools for using it were clunky, but the system did work. Paul Vigna, WSJ, "Bitcoin Turns 10: Still Not All Grown Up," 31 Oct. 2018 People accustomed to China’s version complain this other internet can seem clunky. Josh Chin, WSJ, "The Internet, Divided Between the U.S. and China, Has Become a Battleground," 9 Feb. 2019 Something like this $600 Acer laptop has good specs, but the device feels cheap and clunky and doesn’t have a particularly pleasing display. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Technica Back to School buying guide," 13 Aug. 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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