adjective, clum·si·er, clum·si·est.
Origin of clumsy
Examples from the Web for clumsiness
Yet another chapter in the "J. Law's Clumsiness is So Endearing" saga.Jennifer Lawrence Trips (Again) at the Oscars, Internet Goes Nuts|Marlow Stern|March 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Whatever Kerry lacks in clumsiness, he makes up for in spinelessness.
Just a detail, perhaps, but it underlines the clumsiness of Romney's decision to come to Israel.
On Reliable Sources Sunday, Terence Smith said that a recent Obama gaffe was “Romney-esque in its clumsiness.”Sunday Talk: Ann Coulter Defends Mitt Romney & More (Video)|The Daily Beast Video|June 10, 2012|DAILY BEAST
This I am aware is the regulation mode amongst Thames and Lea roach anglers; but its clumsiness always forbade my cultivating it.Lines in Pleasant Places|William Senior
Apologising for your clumsiness, request some one to replace the coins on your nails, saying you will have another try.More Conjuring|Hercat
This great man while traveling in France in 1788 was struck by the clumsiness of the plows used in that country.Stories of Useful Inventions|Samuel Eagle Foreman
Owing to her clumsiness more than to her agility, she came about within pistol-shot distance under the enemy's stern.Yankee Ships and Yankee Sailors: Tales of 1812|James Barnes
And the gentle Scuddy blushed at his clumsiness, and hoped that she would understand the difference.Springhaven|R. D. Blackmore
British Dictionary definitions for clumsiness
adjective -sier or -siest
Word Origin for clumsy
Word Origin and History for clumsiness
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."