[ buht-er-fing-gerz ]
/ ˈbʌt ərˌfɪŋ gɛrz /

noun, plural but·ter·fin·gers. (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

but·ter·fin·gered, adjective
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Examples from the Web for butter-fingered

  • She had a good deal of taste, but she was butter-fingered and careless.

    L'Assommoir|Emile Zola
  • Butter-Fingered, apt to let things fall; greasy or slippery-fingered.

    The Slang Dictionary|John Camden Hotten
  • 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
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for butter-fingered


/ (ˈbʌtəˌfɪŋɡəz) /


(functioning as singular) informal a person who drops things inadvertently or fails to catch things

Derived Forms

butterfingered, adjective
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