butterfingers

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. buttercup family,
  2. buttercup squash,
  3. butterfat,
  4. butterfat cheque,
  5. butterfield,
  6. butterfish,
  7. butterflies,
  8. butterflies in one's stomach,
  9. butterfly,
  10. butterfly ballot

Origin of butterfingers

First recorded in 1830–40; butter + finger + -s3

Related formsbut·ter·fin·gered, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for butterfingered

butterfingers

/ (ˈbʌtəˌfɪŋɡəz) /

noun

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

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Word Origin and History for butterfingered

butterfingers

n.

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

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