adjective, clum·si·er, clum·si·est.
Origin of clumsy
Examples from the Web for clumsy
He must be pretending to be something, striking some kind of clumsy tribal note.For a President Today, Talkin' Down Is Speaking American|John McWhorter|August 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But Silva, hapless Silva, got his merely for tangling with the Colombian goalkeeper in a clumsy melee of limbs.
Season one of OITNB chronicled her clumsy, fumbling attempts to get her legs under her so she could run for safety.‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season Two Is More Bingeworthy Than the First|Kevin Fallon|May 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Ignore the clumsy comparisons of the Syria War and the Balkans War.No One Understands Syria, But Everyone Is Choosing Sides|Michael Moynihan|September 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Rather, after weeks of clumsy diplomacy, they consciously led their nations into battle.
Long years of service done for him, however, had made him clumsy.Dangerous Days|Mary Roberts Rinehart
No healing process can help you here to undo your clumsy surgery and want of skill.
But they are more than clumsy, they have an offensive horse-play kind of pleasantry that is nothing less than insult.Studies in Medival Life and Literature|Edward Tompkins McLaughlin
Jan too will have joined them by now, but he was loutish and clumsy.The Laughing Cavalier|Baroness Orczy
For all our clumsy tying, the blanket held us together or we would have lost each other.Land of the Burnt Thigh|Edith Eudora Kohl
British Dictionary definitions for clumsy
adjective -sier or -siest
Word Origin for clumsy
Word Origin and History for clumsy
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."