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clumsy

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of clumsy

  1. 1 lacking or showing a lack of nimbleness in using one's hands diamond cutting is no job for a clumsy person Synonyms of clumsy awkward, butterfingered, cack-handed [British], graceless, ham-fisted, ham-handed, handless, heavy-handed, left-handed, maladroit, unhandy Words Related to clumsy uncoordinated; bunglesome, bungling, gauche, inept, inexpert, unskilled, unskillful Phrases all thumbs Near Antonyms of clumsy expert, masterly, skilled, skillful; coordinated Antonyms of clumsy deft, dexterous (also dextrous), handy, sure-handed

  2. 2 having or showing an inability to move in a graceful manner a clumsy bow clumsy on the dance floor Synonyms of clumsy awkward, gawkish, gawky, graceless, klutzy, uncoordinated, ungainly Words Related to clumsy galumphing, larruping [dialect], lubberly, lumbering, lumpish, shambling, shuffling, unsteady, wobbly (also wabbly) Near Antonyms of clumsy light, light-footed (also light-foot), lissome (also lissom), lithe, nimble, sure-footed Antonyms of clumsy coordinated, graceful

  3. 3 lacking social grace and assurance felt clumsy in the unfamiliar uniform Synonyms of clumsy awkward, gauche, graceless, inelegant, rough-hewn, rustic (also rustical), stiff, stilted, uncomfortable, uneasy, ungraceful, woodenWords Related to clumsy angular, gawky, lubberly, ungainly; boorish, clownish, uncouth; abashed, discomfited, discomforted, discomposed, disconcerted, discountenanced, embarrassed; self-conscious; agitated, bothered, chagrined, dismayed, disquieted, distressed, disturbed, fazed, flustered, jittery, jumpy, mortified, nervous, nonplussed (also nonplused), perturbed, rattled, unhinged, unsettled, upset; diffident, insecure, meek, modest, self-doubting, timid, unassertive, unassuming, unpretentiousNear Antonyms of clumsy assured, calm, collected, composed, confident, cool, placid, poised, secure, self-assured, self-confident, self-possessed, serene, tranquil, undisturbed, unperturbedAntonyms of clumsy graceful, suave, urbane

  4. 4 showing or marked by a lack of skill and tact (as in dealing with a situation) a clumsy joke Synonyms of clumsy botched, bungling, awkward, fumbled, inept, inexpert, maladroitWords Related to clumsy amateur, amateurish, crude, green, incompetent, ineffectual, inefficient, inexperienced, unpolished, unprofessional, unskilled, unskillful; careless, sloppy, tacky, tactless, undiplomatic; ill-advised, ineffective, ineffectual, misdirected, misguidedNear Antonyms of clumsy able, accomplished, adept, capable, clever, competent, consummate, crackerjack, expert, masterful, masterly, polished, professional, proficient, skilled, skillful, talented; diplomatic, easy, effortless, gracious, smooth, tactfulAntonyms of clumsy adroit, deft, dexterous (also dextrous), facile

  5. 5 difficult to use or operate especially because of size, weight, or design a clumsy contraption, but it got the job done Synonyms of clumsy awkward, bunglesome, cumbersome, clunky, cranky, cumbrous, ponderous, ungainly, unhandy, unwieldyWords Related to clumsy uncontrollable, unmanageable; bulky, dinosaurian, dinosauric, elephantine, heavy, hulking, massive; impracticable, impracticalNear Antonyms of clumsy functional, practicable, practical, serviceable, usefulAntonyms of clumsy handy

  6. 6 hastily or roughly constructed a clumsy mock-up of the real thing Synonyms of clumsy artless, rude, crude, jerry-built, jerry-rigged, jury-rigged, rough, rough-and-ready, rough-and-tumble, rough-hewn, unrefinedWords Related to clumsy defective, faulty, flawed, imperfect; imprecise, inexact; inartistic, undressed, unfinished, unpolished, unworked; amateur, amateurish, inexpert, unprofessional, unskilled, unskillful; primitive, rudimentary; unshaped, unshapenNear Antonyms of clumsy faultless, finished, flawless, meticulous, perfect, perfected, polished, well-done; adept, adroit, dexterous (also dextrous), expert, masterful, masterly, neat, practiced (also practised), skillful, workmanlike; artful, artistic, sophisticated; exact, preciseAntonyms of clumsy refined

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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