AskDefine | Define clumsy

Dictionary Definition

clumsy adj
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" [syn: gawky, 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?" [syn: awkward, 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" [syn: awkward, bunglesome, ungainly]
4 showing lack of skill or aptitude; "a bungling workman"; "did a clumsy job"; "his fumbling attempt to put up a shelf" [syn: bungling, fumbling, incompetent] [also: clumsiest, clumsier]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • a UK /ˈklʌmzi/ /"klVmzi/


  1. A euphemism for a down's syndrome or similarly disabled person


  1. awkward, lacking coordination, not graceful, not dextrous
  2. Not elegant or well-planned.
    It is a clumsy solution, but it might work for now.


awkward, lacking coordination, not graceful, not dextrous
  • Finnish: kömpelö
  • German: tollpatschig, ungeschickt, unbeholfen, schwerfällig, plump, klobig
  • Hungarian: balkezes, esetlen, ügyetlen
  • Russian: неуклюжий, неловкий, неповоротливый
not elegant or well-planned
  • Finnish: kömpelö
  • German: tollpatschig, ungeschickt, plump, klobig
  • Hungarian: ügyetlen, otromba, szakszerűtlen

Extensive Definition

Clumsy (or clumsiness) may refer to:
In behaviour
In music

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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