Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[buht-er-fing-gerz] /ˈbʌt ərˌfɪŋ gɛrz/
noun, plural butterfingers. (used with a singular verb)
a person who frequently drops things; clumsy person.
Origin of butterfingers
First recorded in 1830-40; butter + finger + -s3
Related forms
butterfingered, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for butterfingers
Historical Examples
  • butterfingers was gone, she had got her a place in Somersetshire, so anxiety on that score was over.

    Ask Momma R. S. Surtees
  • And, as every boy in the world knows, it is a great disgrace to be called "butterfingers."

    Half-Past Seven Stories Robert Gordon Anderson
  • You have just permitted the cleverest rascal in the state to slip through your butterfingers.

    Hearts and Masks

    Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for butterfingers


(functioning as sing) (informal) a person who drops things inadvertently or fails to catch things
Derived Forms
butterfingered, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for butterfingers

"person apt to let things fall," 1837; see butter-fingered.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for butterfingers



A clumsy, unhandy person, esp one who regularly drops things

[1850s+ Cricket; Adopted by baseball players in the 1880s]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for butterfingers

Word Value for butterfingers

Scrabble Words With Friends