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adjective, clunk·i·er, clunk·i·est. Informal.
  1. awkwardly heavy or clumsy: clunky metal jewelry; clunky shoes.
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Origin of clunky

First recorded in 1965–70; clunk + -y1
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adjective clunkier or clunkiest
  1. making a clunking noise
  2. informal ponderously ungraceful or unsophisticatedclunky boots
  3. awkward or unsophisticatedthen you guffaw at clunky dialogue
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Word Origin and History for clunky


"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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