\ ˈkləts How to pronounce klutz (audio) \

Definition of klutz

: a clumsy person

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Other Words from klutz

klutziness \ ˈklət-​sē-​nəs How to pronounce klutz (audio) \ noun
klutzy \ ˈklət-​sē How to pronounce klutz (audio) \ adjective

Examples of klutz in a Sentence

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 Serious klutzes might consider an OtterBox Defender Series (from $50; otterbox.com) for ultra-rugged protection. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, "What to buy a smartphone lover? Accessories, of course," 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, "Rudy Giuliani and the Butt-Dialler Within All of Us," 5 Nov. 2019 While your industrial klutz watches safely from afar. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, "To Mazda Toyota: You don’t want me building your SUVs," 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, "C'est magnifique! Saenger's 'An American in Paris' dances its way into audience's heart," 31 Jan. 2018 Kathryn Hahn, playing Chris Kraus, makes a winning klutz. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "Weekly Culture Review: Feist, and Other Refuges from a Tornado of News," 20 May 2017 Graceful strolling guaranteed, even for the chronic klutzes. Laura Grace Weldon, WIRED, "Time To Develop Brilliant Trousers," 24 Oct. 2011

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First Known Use of klutz

1959, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for klutz

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

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“Klutz.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/klutz. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of klutz

chiefly US, informal : a person who often drops things, falls down, etc. : a clumsy person


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Kids Definition of klutz

: a clumsy person

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