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clumsy

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1 lacking or showing a lack of nimbleness in using one's hands

  • diamond cutting is no job for a clumsy person
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2 having or showing an inability to move in a graceful manner

  • a clumsy bow
  • clumsy on the dance floor
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5 difficult to use or operate especially because of size, weight, or design

  • a clumsy contraption, but it got the job done
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Synonym Discussion of clumsy

awkward, clumsy, maladroit, inept, gauche mean not marked by ease (as of performance, movement, or social conduct). awkward is widely applicable and may suggest unhandiness, inconvenience, lack of muscular control, embarrassment, or lack of tact.
    • periods of awkward silence
clumsy implies stiffness and heaviness and so may connote inflexibility, unwieldiness, or lack of ordinary skill.
    • a clumsy mechanic
maladroit suggests a tendency to create awkward situations.
    • a maladroit politician
inept often implies complete failure or inadequacy.
    • a hopelessly inept defense attorney
gauche implies the effects of shyness, inexperience, or ill breeding.
    • felt gauche and unsophisticated at formal parties

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