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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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Related Words for butterfingered

heavy-handed, ineligible, incapable, inadequate, impotent, unable, useless, unqualified, unprepared, ill-equipped, inept, bulky, ungainly, unwieldy, ponderous, debilitated, incapacitated, bungling, unfitted, blundering

British Dictionary definitions for butterfingered


  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 butterfingered



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

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