butterfingers

[buht-er-fing-gerz]
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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 butterfingers

clod, lummox, bungler, schlep, klutz, dolt, duffer, clunker, foozle

Examples from the Web for butterfingers

Historical Examples of butterfingers

  • Butterfingers was gone, she had got her a place in Somersetshire, so anxiety on that score was over.

    Ask Momma

    R. S. Surtees

  • And, as every boy in the world knows, it is a great disgrace to be called "Butterfingers."

    Half-Past Seven Stories

    Robert Gordon Anderson

  • You have just permitted the cleverest rascal in the state to slip through your butterfingers.

    Hearts and Masks

    Harold MacGrath


British Dictionary definitions for butterfingers

butterfingers

noun
  1. (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 butterfingers
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper