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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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 The clunky nature of early smartwatches has given way to sleek, slick styles that will suit any look and attitude (and almost every budget). David Lazarus, The Seattle Times, "8 great smartwatch picks (that aren’t Apple)," 7 Jan. 2019 The combined effect of two touch screens, a bunch of buttons, and a rotary knob is clunky, and the whole mess feels out of place in what is otherwise a very technology-forward vehicle. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Variable-compression engine meets crossover: Infiniti QX50 review," 8 Nov. 2018 The integration is a little clunky, so this official Alexa app for Windows 10 will probably be a better choice for those who want to access Amazon’s digital assistant from a laptop or PC. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Alexa now available on Windows 10 PCs," 8 Nov. 2018 Despite the boot's wearable technology, the design is surprisingly anything but clunky and reportedly lightweight too. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jimmy Choo Debuts Smart Boots With Heated Insoles For Winter," 8 Nov. 2018

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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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