awkward in movement or action; without skill or grace: He is very clumsy and is always breaking things.
awkwardly done or made; unwieldy; ill-contrived: He made a clumsy, embarrassed apology.
- clum·si·ly, adverb
- clum·si·ness, noun
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How to use clumsy in a sentence
More clumsily, fireworks stand in for the Big Bang and a potato and peas are invoked to explain relativity.
He clumsily sipped from the dainty straw of a blasphemously non-bourbon beverage and smiled broadly as he talked to fellow bros.
Bruder, who teaches at Western Carolina University, says the techniques in The Flames of War often are handled clumsily.
Schaeffer is at least trying, if somewhat clumsily, to put them into conversation.
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Talpers sought to detain him, but the Chinese hurried back to his old white horse and climbed clumsily into the saddle.Mystery Ranch | Arthur Chapman
Meanwhile the old lady climbed not without difficulty up the rough, clumsily built staircase, with a rope by way of a hand-rail.An Episode Under the Terror | Honore de Balzac
Before she could answer, he had actually blushed, wheeled clumsily, and gone hastily back.The Woman Gives | Owen Johnson
He took the battered volume—a pamphlet clumsily encased in boards, and drew his hand across its rough sides caressingly.A Hoosier Chronicle | Meredith Nicholson
Astonished at the splendor of her diamonds, he had in his own court clumsily asked if they were all real.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte | William Milligan Sloane
British Dictionary definitions for clumsy
lacking in skill or physical coordination
awkwardly constructed or contrived
- clumsily, adverb
- clumsiness, noun
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