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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kluhm-zee]
    • /ˈklʌm zi/
    • /ˈklʌmzɪnəs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kluhm-zee]
    • /ˈklʌm zi/

Definitions of clumsiness word

  • adjective clumsiness awkward in movement or action; without skill or grace: He is very clumsy and is always breaking things. 1
  • adjective clumsiness awkwardly done or made; unwieldy; ill-contrived: He made a clumsy, embarrassed apology. 1
  • noun clumsiness A lack of coordination or elegance; the condition or quality of being clumsy. 1
  • noun clumsiness lack of coordination 1

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Origin of clumsiness

First appearance:

before 1590
One of the 37% oldest English words
1590-1600; clums benumbed with cold (now obsolete) + -y1; akin to Middle English clumsen to be stiff with cold, dialectal Swedish klumsig benumbed, awkward, klums numbskull, Old Norse klumsa lockjaw. See clam2

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Parts of speech for Clumsiness


clumsiness popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 92% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 51% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

clumsiness usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for clumsiness

noun clumsiness

  • ineptitude — quality or condition of being inept.
  • awkwardness — lacking skill or dexterity. Synonyms: clumsy, inept; unskillful, unhandy, inexpert. Antonyms: deft, adroit, skillful, dexterous; handy.
  • ungainly — not graceful; awkward; unwieldy; clumsy: an ungainly child; an ungainly prose style.
  • heavy-handed — oppressive; harsh: a heavy-handed master.
  • ineptness — without skill or aptitude for a particular task or assignment; maladroit: He is inept at mechanical tasks. She is inept at dealing with people.

Antonyms for clumsiness

noun clumsiness

  • graceful — characterized by elegance or beauty of form, manner, movement, or speech; elegant: a graceful dancer; a graceful reply.

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