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clumsy

[ kluhm-zee ]
/ ˈklʌm zi /
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adjective, clum·si·er, clum·si·est.

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.

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Origin of clumsy

1590–1600; clums benumbed with cold (now obsolete) + -y1; akin to Middle English clumsen to be stiff with cold, dialectal Swedish klumsig benumbed, awkward, klums numbskull, Old Norse klumsa lockjaw. See clam2

OTHER WORDS FROM clumsy

clum·si·ly, adverbclum·si·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for clumsy

clumsy
/ (ˈklʌmzɪ) /

adjective -sier or -siest

lacking in skill or physical coordination
awkwardly constructed or contrived

Derived forms of clumsy

clumsily, adverbclumsiness, noun

Word Origin for clumsy

C16 (in obsolete sense: benumbed with cold; hence, awkward): perhaps from C13 dialect clumse to benumb, probably from Scandinavian; compare Swedish dialect klumsig numb
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