What is the meaning of clumsy?


  • Lacking grace in movement or posture.
    • usage: "a gawky lad with long ungainly legs"; "clumsy fingers"; "what an ungainly creature a giraffe is"; "heaved his unwieldy figure out of his chair"
  • Not elegant or graceful in expression.
    • usage: "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"
  • Difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape.
    • usage: "an awkward bundle to carry"; "a load of bunglesome paraphernalia"; "clumsy wooden shoes"; "the cello, a rather ungainly instrument for a girl"
  • Showing lack of skill or aptitude.
    • usage: "a bungling workman"; "did a clumsy job"; "his fumbling attempt to put up a shelf"
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APAWordNet. (2010). clumsy. Retrieved May 22, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/clumsy/definitions/1170883
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "clumsy" http://smartdefine.org/clumsy/definitions/1170883 (accessed May 22, 2018).
HarvardWordNet 2010, clumsy, Smart Define, viewed 22 May, 2018, <http://smartdefine.org/clumsy/definitions/1170883>.
MLAWordNet. "clumsy" 23 October 2010. Web. 22 May 2018. <http://smartdefine.org/clumsy/definitions/1170883>
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