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[kluhts] /klʌts/
noun, Slang.
a clumsy, awkward person.
a stupid or foolish person; blockhead.
Origin of klutz
1965-70, Americanism; < Yiddish klots literally, wooden beam < Middle High German kloc (German Klotz) Unabridged
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  • klutz signified by a movement of his head that nothing was wrong at Lohm.

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  • klutz feebly tried to push the glass away, but Dellwig insisted.

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  • "I do not want cheap wisdom like that," cried klutz, his eyes ablaze.

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  • But klutz, who had shuffled along quickly, was nowhere to be seen.

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  • Axel was fairly certain that klutz had set fire to the stables.

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  • klutz had denounced him, to save himself; of that he had not a doubt.

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  • "I never did believe in klutz," said his wife, thinking of her apple jelly.

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  • klutz stared at him speechlessly after that first start, waiting for what would follow.

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  • klutz pressed his hands together, and looked round again for the train.

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  • His expression while he did it was not flattering, but klutz rarely noticed expressions.

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British Dictionary definitions for klutz


(US & Canadian, slang) a clumsy or stupid person
Derived Forms
klutzy, adjective
Word Origin
from German Klotz dolt; compare clot
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for klutz

1967, American English, from Yiddish klots "clumsy person, blockhead," literally "block, lump," from Middle High German klotz "lump, ball." Cf. German klotz "boor, clod," literally "wooden block" (cf. clot).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for klutz



  1. A stupid person; idiot; blockhead: Now, klutz that I am, I thought of Neal/ A small crowd of first-class clutzes
  2. A clumsy person; a lubberly lout: I am the world's biggest klutz. I trip over my own feet, drop things

[1968+; fr Yiddish, ''blockhead,'' literally ''block'']

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