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CLUMSINESS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does clumsiness mean? 

CLUMSINESS (noun)
  The noun CLUMSINESS has 3 senses:

1. unskillfulness resulting from a lack of training
2. the carriage of someone whose movements and posture are ungainly or inelegant
3. the inelegance of someone stiff and unrelaxed (as by embarrassment)

  Familiarity information: CLUMSINESS used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CLUMSINESS (noun)


Sense 1clumsiness [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Unskillfulness resulting from a lack of training

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

maladroitness; ineptness; ineptitude; clumsiness; awkwardness; slowness

Hypernyms ("clumsiness" is a kind of...):

unskillfulness (a lack of cognitive skill)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "clumsiness"):

rustiness (ineptitude or awkwardness as a consequence of age or lack of practice)


Sense 2clumsiness [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The carriage of someone whose movements and posture are ungainly or inelegant

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

clumsiness; awkwardness

Hypernyms ("clumsiness" is a kind of...):

bearing; carriage; posture (characteristic way of bearing one's body)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "clumsiness"):

gracelessness; ungracefulness (an unpleasant lack of grace in carriage or form or movement or expression)

gawkiness; ungainliness (the carriage of someone whose movements and posture are extremely ungainly and inelegant)

stiffness (the property of moving with pain or difficulty)


Sense 3clumsiness [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The inelegance of someone stiff and unrelaxed (as by embarrassment)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

gracelessness; clumsiness; awkwardness; stiffness

Hypernyms ("clumsiness" is a kind of...):

inelegance (the quality of lacking refinement and good taste)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "clumsiness"):

woodenness (the quality of being wooden and awkward)

gaucherie; rusticity (the quality of being rustic or gauche)


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