Definition of "clumsy" []

  • Lacking physical coordination, skill, or grace; awkward. (adjective)
  • Awkwardly constructed; unwieldy: clumsy wooden shoes; a clumsy sentence. (adjective)
  • Gauche; inept: a clumsy excuse. (adjective)
  • Lacking in skill or physical coordination (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Awkwardly constructed or contrived (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "clumsy" in a sentence
  • "Cannon has now apologized for what he calls his clumsy shorthand, saying he meant he wasn't to provide more news and information about the church."
  • "Instead, an old wooden pane was hung on its metal gate and bore the company's name in clumsy handwriting -- New Asia Strong Biochemical LTD."
  • "The film lurches forward in clumsy and confusing sequences, with overacting and illogical behavior ruling the roost."