- a person who frequently drops things; clumsy person.
Origin of butterfingers
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Examples from the Web for butter-fingered
Butter-Fingered, apt to let things fall; greasy or slippery-fingered.The Slang Dictionary
John Camden Hotten
She had a good deal of taste, but she was butter-fingered and careless.L'Assommoir
For thirty mortal minutes Gardiner had me snapping back the ball to that butter-fingered Bowles.For the Honor of the School
Ralph Henry Barbour
Marion, penitent, but annoyed at being called a butter-fingered Handy Andy, let the matter slide for the moment.Loyal to the School
- (functioning as singular) informal a person who drops things inadvertently or fails to catch things
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Word Origin and History for butter-fingered
"person apt to let things fall," 1837; see butter-fingered.
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