- 1(of people and animals) moving or doing things in a very awkward way I spilled your coffee. Sorry—that was clumsy of me. His clumsy fingers couldn't untie the knot.
- 2(of actions and statements) done without skill or in a way that offends people She made a clumsy attempt to apologize.
- 3(of objects) difficult to move or use easily; not well designed
- 4(of processes) awkward; too complicated to understand or use easily The complaints procedure is clumsy and time-consuming.
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