: a clumsy person
klutziness noun
klutzy adjective

Example Sentences

I'm a complete klutz on the dance floor. how can she be such a klutz after studying ballet for so many years?
Recent Examples on the Web Phillipa Soo’s Cinderella is a gentle-souled, indecisive dreamer — and a pratfalling klutz with a sharp but guileless sense of humor. Naveen Kumar, Variety, 10 July 2022 Serious klutzes might consider an OtterBox Defender Series (from $50; otterbox.com) for ultra-rugged protection. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, 14 Dec. 2019 But none of these addresses the underlying problem; namely, that cell-phone owners are human beings, and are therefore klutzes. Jody Rosen, The New Yorker, 5 Nov. 2019 While your industrial klutz watches safely from afar. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, 9 Oct. 2019 Ben Michael is endearing as Henri Baurel, the rich young man who despite being something of a klutz, dreams of being a nightclub performer. Theodore P. Mahne, NOLA.com, 31 Jan. 2018 Kathryn Hahn, playing Chris Kraus, makes a winning klutz. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, 20 May 2017 Graceful strolling guaranteed, even for the chronic klutzes. Laura Grace Weldon, WIRED, 24 Oct. 2011 See More

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Word History


Yiddish klots, literally, wooden beam, from Middle High German kloz lumpy mass — more at clout

First Known Use

1959, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of klutz was in 1959

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Cite this Entry

“Klutz.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/klutz. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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: a clumsy person
klutziness noun
klutzy adjective
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