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butterfingers

[buht-er-fing-gerz]
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noun, plural but·ter·fin·gers. (used with a singular verb)
  1. a person who frequently drops things; clumsy person.
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Origin of butterfingers

First recorded in 1830–40; butter + finger + -s3
Related formsbut·ter·fin·gered, adjective
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Examples from the Web for butter-fingered

Historical Examples

  • 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

    Emile Zola

  • 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

    Angela Brazil


British Dictionary definitions for butter-fingered

butterfingers

noun
  1. (functioning as singular) informal a person who drops things inadvertently or fails to catch things
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Derived Formsbutterfingered, adjective
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Word Origin and History for butter-fingered

adj.

"apt to let things fall," 1610s, from butter (n.) + finger (n.).

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butterfingers

n.

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

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