[ kluhts ]
/ klʌts /

noun Slang.

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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British Dictionary definitions for klutz


/ (klʌts) /


US and Canadian slang a clumsy or stupid person
Derived Formsklutzy, adjective

Word Origin for klutz

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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