adjective, clum·si·er, clum·si·est.
Origin of clumsy
Examples from the Web for clumsily
He clumsily sipped from the dainty straw of a blasphemously non-bourbon beverage and smiled broadly as he talked to fellow bros.
After firing that off, he clumsily asked what a plantation mentality is.Donald Sterling’s Insane Attempt at Damage Control Fails Miserably|Nina Strochlic|May 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I thought about the 9mm in my purse as I clumsily continued down the stairs in my skirt and heels.‘Stupid,’ ‘Immoral,’ ‘Dangerous,’ ‘Coward’: My Month With a Gun|Heidi Yewman|July 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
First, he clumsily inserts nakedly political posturing that seems altogether out-of-place in the context of the High Holy Days.
It already tried, clumsily, this year with Google Buzz, which immediately out of the gate was hit with massive privacy complaints.
He brought a towel back with him and staunched the flow of blood from the leg with a clumsily fashioned bandage.Across the Mesa|Jarvis Hall
Though the paragraph in question be clumsily expressed, yet it strictly announces its own intentions.
The Chukch drawings too are roughly and clumsily executed, but many of them exhibit a certain power of hitting off the object.The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II|A.E. Nordenskieold
She leaned back, pushing with both hands against his chest; but he swept her irresistibly up to him and kissed her clumsily.The Happy End|Joseph Hergesheimer
These children were, almost of necessity, clumsily brought up.The Price of Love|Arnold Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for clumsily
adjective -sier or -siest
Word Origin for clumsy
Word Origin and History for clumsily
1590s, "acting as if benumbed," alteration of Middle English clumsid "numb with cold" (14c.), past participle of clumsen "to benumb, stiffen or paralyze with cold or fear," from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse klumsa "make speechless, palsy; prevent from speaking," intensive of kluma "to make motionless." For insertion of -s-, cf. flimsy.
Not in general use until 18c., with senses "manifesting awkwardness; so made as to be unwieldy." Related: Clumsily; clumsiness. Cf. Swedish dialectal klummsen "benumbed with cold," Norwegian klumsad (past participle) "speechless, palsied by a spasm or by fear or witchery;" German verklammen "grow stiff or numb with cold." Also cf. clumse (n.) "a stupid fellow."