\ 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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Even if the banks catch up to where the fintechs were years ago, the upstarts say, their tech will be too clunky to make the leap when the next round of innovation comes along. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Digital banks are racking up users, but will they ever make money?," 1 Aug. 2019 Shifts are clunky at low speeds but smooth out during acceleration. Dallas News, "Toyota's RAV4 wants to play rough and adds Adventure to its name," 17 Aug. 2019 The clunky sneaker trend is showing no signs of stopping. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "Opening Ceremony and Skechers Collaborated On a Sneaker That Britney Spears Made Popular," 16 Aug. 2019 Instead, residents of Henrico County, Virginia, woke up Sunday to find old-model TV sets on their porches and lawns and learned later the clunky electronics were left by someone wearing a TV over his head. Janelle Griffith, NBC News, "Classic TV mystery: Who left old television sets on front porches in Virginia?," 14 Aug. 2019 This new interface first premiered on the S10 family and offers a less clunky experience. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "First look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 & 10+: Why they're worth preordering," 8 Aug. 2019 At the time, the company was best known for clunky shoes popular with marathon, trail and ultra runners, but Hoka One One’s inking of Manzano led to a series of middle-distance runner signings and an experimental investment into track. Chris Chavez,, "Olympic Silver Medalist Leo Manzano Retires After Accomplished Career," 28 July 2019 But as carlike as the Blazer tries to be, the ride quality is less than refined and can feel clunky. San Diego Union-Tribune, "2019 Chevrolet Blazer is the family wagon redefined," 20 July 2019 The humans spent a few hours jumping up and down, driving a clunky car, and putting our dirt into some little bags. Eli Grober, The New Yorker, "Fifty Years Since the Lunar Invasion," 19 July 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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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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