clunky

[kluhng-kee]

adjective, clunk·i·er, clunk·i·est. Informal.

awkwardly heavy or clumsy: clunky metal jewelry; clunky shoes.

Nearby words

  1. clung,
  2. cluniac,
  3. clunk,
  4. clunker,
  5. clunkhead,
  6. cluny,
  7. cluny lace,
  8. clupeid,
  9. clupeoid,
  10. clurman

Origin of clunky

First recorded in 1965–70; clunk + -y1

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British Dictionary definitions for clunky

clunky

adjective clunkier or clunkiest

making a clunking noise
informal ponderously ungraceful or unsophisticatedclunky boots
awkward or unsophisticatedthen you guffaw at clunky dialogue
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Word Origin and History for clunky

clunky

adj.

"blocky, ungraceful," by 1968 (when it was the name of a style of women's shoe), from clunk + -y (2). Related: Clunkily; clunkiness.

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