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 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



(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

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

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