Someone clumsy is a klutz. They're awkward, ungraceful, and walk like they have two left feet. Something hard to handle — like a huge box — is also clumsy.

A badly told story is told in a clumsy way, and a couch that's hard to move clumsy to carry. But mostly being clumsy is embarrassing. Dropping things, tripping a lot, and stumbling are all examples of clumsiness. Clumsy people usually aren't too good at sports or dancing. And you certainly don't want a clumsy surgeon. Most people are a little clumsy when they're teenagers — growing so fast makes it hard to be sure of yourself physically.

Definitions of clumsy
  1. adjective
    lacking grace in movement or posture
    clumsy fingers”
    synonyms: clunky, gawky, ungainly, unwieldy
    lacking grace or skill in manner or movement or performance
  2. adjective
    not elegant or graceful in expression
    “a clumsy apology”
    synonyms: awkward, cumbersome, ill-chosen, inapt, inept
    not appropriate in application; defective
  3. adjective
    showing lack of skill or aptitude
    “did a clumsy job”
    synonyms: bungling, fumbling, incompetent
    not having or showing or requiring special skill or proficiency
  4. adjective
    difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape
    clumsy wooden shoes”
    synonyms: awkward, bunglesome, ungainly
    unmanageable, unwieldy
    difficult to use or handle or manage because of size or weight or shape
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