- The definition of clumsy is someone or something that is shaped, made or moves awkwardly.
- A conversation in a movie that doesn't make sense is an example of clumsy writing.
- Someone tripping over their own feet is an example of clumsy.
- lacking grace or skill in movement; awkward
- awkwardly shaped or made; ill-constructed
- badly contrived; inelegant: a clumsy style
Origin: Middle English clumsid, numb with cold, past participle of clumsen, to benumb ; from Old Norse base akin to Swedish dial klummsen, to benumb with the cold; akin to clam: for Indo-European base see climb
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adjective clum·si·er, clum·si·est
- Lacking physical coordination, skill, or grace; awkward.
- Awkwardly constructed; unwieldy: clumsy wooden shoes; a clumsy sentence.
- Gauche; inept: a clumsy excuse.
Origin: From obsolete clumse, to be numb with cold, from Middle English clomsen, of Scandinavian origin.
- clumˈsi·ly adverb
- clumˈsi·ness noun