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

Definitions of clumsy word

  • adjective clumsy A clumsy person moves or handles things in a careless, awkward way, often so that things are knocked over or broken. 3
  • adjective clumsy A clumsy action or statement is not skilful or is likely to upset people. 3
  • graded adjective clumsy An object that is clumsy is not neat in design or appearance, and is often awkward to use. 3
  • adjective clumsy lacking in skill or physical coordination 3
  • adjective clumsy awkwardly constructed or contrived 3
  • adjective clumsy lacking grace or skill in movement; awkward 3

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Origin of clumsy

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 Clumsy


clumsy 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.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for clumsy

adj clumsy

  • bulky — Something that is bulky is large and heavy. Bulky things are often difficult to move or deal with.
  • ungainly — not graceful; awkward; unwieldy; clumsy: an ungainly child; an ungainly prose style.
  • unwieldy — not wieldy; wielded with difficulty; not readily handled or managed in use or action, as from size, shape, or weight; awkward; ungainly.
  • inept — without skill or aptitude for a particular task or assignment; maladroit: He is inept at mechanical tasks. She is inept at dealing with people.
  • ponderous — of great weight; heavy; massive.

adjective clumsy

  • awkward — An awkward situation is embarrassing and difficult to deal with.
  • ham-fisted — clumsy, inept, or heavy-handed: a ham-handed approach to dealing with people that hurts a lot of feelings.

Antonyms for clumsy

adj clumsy

  • adroit — Someone who is adroit is quick and skilful in their thoughts, behaviour, or actions.
  • agile — Someone who is agile can move quickly and easily.
  • clever — Someone who is clever is intelligent and able to understand things easily or plan things well.
  • dexterous — Someone who is dexterous is very skilful and clever with their hands.
  • graceful — characterized by elegance or beauty of form, manner, movement, or speech; elegant: a graceful dancer; a graceful reply.

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