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CLUMSY (clumsier, clumsiest)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does clumsy mean? 

CLUMSY (adjective)
  The adjective CLUMSY has 4 senses:

1. lacking grace in movement or posture
2. not elegant or graceful in expression
3. difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape
4. showing lack of skill or aptitude

  Familiarity information: CLUMSY used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

CLUMSY (adjective)

Sense 1clumsy [BACK TO TOP]


Lacking grace in movement or posture


ungainly; gawky; clunky; clumsy; unwieldy

Context examples:

a gawky lad with long ungainly legs / clumsy fingers / what an ungainly creature a giraffe is / heaved his unwieldy figure out of his chair


awkward (lacking grace or skill in manner or movement or performance)

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Not elegant or graceful in expression


ill-chosen; inapt; inept; clumsy; cumbersome; awkward

Context examples:

an awkward prose style / a clumsy apology / his cumbersome writing style / if the rumor is true, can anything be more inept than to repeat it now?


infelicitous (not appropriate in application; defective)

Sense 3clumsy [BACK TO TOP]


Difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape


bunglesome; ungainly; awkward; clumsy

Context examples:

an awkward bundle to carry / a load of bunglesome paraphernalia / clumsy wooden shoes / the cello, a rather ungainly instrument for a girl


unmanageable; unwieldy (difficult to use or handle or manage because of size or weight or shape)

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Showing lack of skill or aptitude


fumbling; bungling; incompetent; clumsy

Context examples:

a bungling workman / did a clumsy job / his fumbling attempt to put up a shelf


unskilled (not having or showing or requiring special skill or proficiency)

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