- a clumsy, awkward person.
- a stupid or foolish person; blockhead.
Origin of klutz
1965–70, Americanism; < Yiddish klots literally, wooden beam < Middle High German kloc (German Klotz)
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Examples from the Web for klutz
"I do not want cheap wisdom like that," cried Klutz, his eyes ablaze.
Klutz signified by a movement of his head that nothing was wrong at Lohm.
Axel was fairly certain that Klutz had set fire to the stables.
Klutz feebly tried to push the glass away, but Dellwig insisted.
But Klutz, who had shuffled along quickly, was nowhere to be seen.
- US and Canadian slang a clumsy or stupid person
from German Klotz dolt; compare clot
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Word Origin and History for klutz
1967, American English, from Yiddish klots "clumsy person, blockhead," literally "block, lump," from Middle High German klotz "lump, ball." Cf. German klotz "boor, clod," literally "wooden block" (cf. clot).
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