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1. clumsy, clunky, gawky, ungainly, unwieldy

lacking grace in movement or posture

Example Sentences:
'a gawky lad with long ungainly legs'
'clumsy fingers'
'what an ungainly creature a giraffe is'
'heaved his unwieldy figure out of his chair'

2. awkward, clumsy, cumbersome, ill-chosen, inapt, inept

not elegant or graceful in expression

Example Sentences:
'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?'

3. awkward, bunglesome, clumsy, ungainly

difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape

Example Sentences:
'an awkward bundle to carry'
'a load of bunglesome paraphernalia'
'clumsy wooden shoes'
'the cello, a rather ungainly instrument for a girl'

4. bungling, clumsy, fumbling, incompetent

showing lack of skill or aptitude

Example Sentences:
'a bungling workman'
'did a clumsy job'
'his fumbling attempt to put up a shelf'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of clumsy
adjective -sier or -siest
lacking in skill or physical coordination
awkwardly constructed or contrived

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see synonyms of clumsy
adjectiveWord forms: ˈclumsier or ˈclumsiest
lacking grace or skill in movement; awkward
awkwardly shaped or made; ill-constructed
badly contrived; inelegant
a clumsy style

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of clumsy
adj. clum·si·er, clum·si·est
1. Lacking physical coordination, skill, or grace; awkward.
2. Awkwardly constructed; unwieldy: clumsy wooden shoes; a clumsy sentence.
3. Gauche; inept: a clumsy excuse.

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