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Meaning & Definition of Clumsy in English

English

Clumsy

/kləmzi/

adjective

1. Lacking grace in movement or posture

  • "A gawky lad with long ungainly legs"
  • "Clumsy fingers"
  • "What an ungainly creature a giraffe is"
  • "Heaved his unwieldy figure out of his chair"
    synonym:
  • gawky
  • ,
  • clumsy
  • ,
  • clunky
  • ,
  • ungainly
  • ,
  • unwieldy

2. Not elegant or graceful in expression

  • "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?"
    synonym:
  • awkward
  • ,
  • clumsy
  • ,
  • cumbersome
  • ,
  • inapt
  • ,
  • inept
  • ,
  • ill-chosen

3. Difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape

  • "An awkward bundle to carry"
  • "A load of bunglesome paraphernalia"
  • "Clumsy wooden shoes"
  • "The cello, a rather ungainly instrument for a girl"
    synonym:
  • awkward
  • ,
  • bunglesome
  • ,
  • clumsy
  • ,
  • ungainly

4. Showing lack of skill or aptitude

  • "A bungling workman"
  • "Did a clumsy job"
  • "His fumbling attempt to put up a shelf"
    synonym:
  • bungling
  • ,
  • clumsy
  • ,
  • fumbling
  • ,
  • incompetent

Examples of using

Her movements were awkward and her gesture clumsy.
The clumsy man envied her extraordinary talent.