- 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.
The definition of clumsy is someone or something that is shaped, made or moves awkwardly.
- lacking grace or skill in movement; awkward
- awkwardly shaped or made; ill-constructed
- badly contrived; inelegant: a clumsy style
Origin of clumsyMiddle 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
- Lacking physical coordination, skill, or grace; awkward.
- Awkwardly constructed; unwieldy: clumsy wooden shoes; a clumsy sentence.
- Gauche; inept: a clumsy excuse.
Origin of clumsyFrom obsolete clumse to be numb with cold from Middle English clomsen of Scandinavian origin
(comparative clumsier, superlative clumsiest)
- awkward, lacking coordination, not graceful, not dextrous
- He's very clumsy. I wouldn't trust him with carrying the dishes.
- Not elegant or well-planned, lacking tact or subtlety
- It is a clumsy solution, but it might work for now.
- What a clumsy joke...
- awkward or inefficient in use or construction, difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape
- (informal, fairly rare) A clumsy person.