The wheel used here is the clumsiest and rudest I ever saw, and the potter is obliged to sit sideways by it.
That you were incapable of speaking, of using your hands save in the clumsiest fashion?
"That" was one of the clumsiest, most obvious parts of the general conspiracy to fool you.
They were the clumsiest of biological devices, and as they handed on life they spoiled it.
The clumsiest nest of all is that which the Wood-Pigeon tries to build.
Instances occur in which the tightest built and best manned ships are destroyed as suddenly as the clumsiest of ill-managed junks.
It was infinitely more clumsy than the clumsiest handiwork of man—of man as we know him.
The most ingenious is illegitimate if it dissolves the State, while the clumsiest is legitimate if it keeps the State intact.
The clumsiest thing a dramatist can possibly do is to lay a long and elaborate train for the ignition of a squib.
Weapons of the clumsiest, undressed skins as a protection from the occasional blasts of the pampero.
1590s, "acting as if benumbed," alteration of Middle English clumsid "numb with cold" (14c.), past participle of clumsen "to benumb, stiffen or paralyze with cold or fear," from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse klumsa "make speechless, palsy; prevent from speaking," intensive of kluma "to make motionless." For insertion of -s-, cf. flimsy.
Not in general use until 18c., with senses "manifesting awkwardness; so made as to be unwieldy." Related: Clumsily; clumsiness. Cf. Swedish dialectal klummsen "benumbed with cold," Norwegian klumsad (past participle) "speechless, palsied by a spasm or by fear or witchery;" German verklammen "grow stiff or numb with cold." Also cf. clumse (n.) "a stupid fellow."