WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
clum•sy /ˈklʌmzi/USA pronunciation   adj.,  -si•er, -si•est. 
  1. awkward in movement or use;
    lacking skill:a clumsy dancer.
  2. awkwardly or poorly done:a clumsy apology.
  3. awkward or difficult to control or handle:The heavy motorcycle was clumsy on the road.
clum•si•ly, adv. 
clum•si•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
clum•sy  (klumzē),USA pronunciation adj.,  -si•er, -si•est. 
  1. awkward in movement or action;
    without skill or grace:He is very clumsy and is always breaking things.
  2. awkwardly done or made;
    unwieldy;
    ill-contrived:He made a clumsy, embarrassed apology.
clumsi•ly, adv. 
clumsi•ness, n. 
  • 1590–1600; clums benumbed with cold (now obsolete) + -y1; akin to Middle English clumsen to be stiff with cold, dialect, dialectal Swedish klumsig benumbed, awkward, klums numbskull, Old Norse klumsa lockjaw. See clam2
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged ungraceful, ungainly, lumbering, lubberly.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged unhandy, unskillful, maladroit, inexpert, bungling, bumbling, heavy-handed, inept.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged adroit, skillful.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

clumsy /ˈklʌmzɪ/ adj ( -sier, -siest)
  1. lacking in skill or physical coordination
  2. awkwardly constructed or contrived
Etymology: 16th Century (in obsolete sense: benumbed with cold; hence, awkward): perhaps from C13 dialect clumse to benumb, probably from Scandinavian; compare Swedish dialect klumsig numb

ˈclumsily adv ˈclumsiness n



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