[ US /ˈkɫəmzi/ ]
[ UK /klˈʌmzi/ ]
  1. lacking grace in movement or posture
    a gawky lad with long ungainly legs
    clumsy fingers
    heaved his unwieldy figure out of his chair
    what an ungainly creature a giraffe is
  2. showing lack of skill or aptitude
    his fumbling attempt to put up a shelf
    a bungling workman
    did a clumsy job
  3. not elegant or graceful in expression
    a clumsy apology
    his cumbersome writing style
    if the rumor is true, can anything be more inept than to repeat it now?
    an awkward prose style
  4. difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape
    an awkward bundle to carry
    clumsy wooden shoes
    the cello, a rather ungainly instrument for a girl
    a load of bunglesome paraphernalia
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How To Use clumsy In A Sentence

  • Gideon could see the places where the silver was wearing off the cane and he noticed a good deal of clumsy darning on the inside of the cloak, as though the lining had come away from the backing several times.
  • I might have understood how clumsy I was, when I was rearing my children in the most utter idleness and luxury, to reform other people and their children, who were perishing from idleness in what I called the den of the Rzhanoff house, where, nevertheless, three-fourths of the people toil for themselves and for others. What to Do?
  • Overall, this is a clumsy, uneven affair which, by the time the final credits roll, grates.
  • But gack, it's just so clumsy here, and so very, very self-conscious.
  • Her secret fear was that her performance had been clumsy and sophomoric. BABYCAKES
  • Fumbling, my fingers clumsy and slow, I fought with the buttons on his soaking-wet shirt.
  • Politics is wily, skilled and intelligent, not clumsy and ham-handed.
  • But, at the heart of this argument, I have reached the conclusion that I'm a slightly clumsy, rather ineffectual speaker.
  • After a few minutes, with his thoughts fuzzier than they'd been and his fingers more clumsy, he returned to washing his wounds. EVERVILLE
  • Growling and sweating the ursine fellow untied the knot, picking at it with clumsy claws, then reeled her down fast. A TIME OF WAR
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