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

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

Origin of clunky

First recorded in 1965–70; clunk + -y1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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adjective clunkier or clunkiest

making a clunking noise
informal ponderously ungraceful or unsophisticatedclunky boots
awkward or unsophisticatedthen you guffaw at clunky dialogue
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper