clunkier; clunkiest
: 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.
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Word History

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of clunky was in 1968

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“Clunky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clunky. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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