Definition of clumsy adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈklʌmzi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈklʌmzi//
    (clumsier, clumsiest) Position and movement
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  1. 1(of people and animals) moving or doing things in a very awkward way I spilt your coffee. Sorry—that was clumsy of me. His clumsy fingers couldn't untie the knot. See related entries: Position and movement
  2. 2(of actions and statements) done without skill or in a way that offends people She made a clumsy attempt to apologize.
  3. 3(of objects) difficult to move or use easily; not well designed
  4. 4(of processes) awkward; too complicated to understand or use easily The complaints procedure is clumsy and time-consuming.
  5. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from obsolete clumse ‘make ’or‘ be numb’, probably of Scandinavian origin and related to Swedish klumsig.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: clumsy