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klutz

[kluhts]
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noun Slang.
  1. a clumsy, awkward person.
  2. a stupid or foolish person; blockhead.
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Origin of klutz

1965–70, Americanism; < Yiddish klots literally, wooden beam < Middle High German kloc (German Klotz)
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Related Words

lummoxoafbunglerdullardbutterfingersdolt

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Historical Examples

  • "I do not want cheap wisdom like that," cried Klutz, his eyes ablaze.

    The Benefactress

    Elizabeth Beauchamp

  • Klutz signified by a movement of his head that nothing was wrong at Lohm.

    The Benefactress

    Elizabeth Beauchamp

  • Axel was fairly certain that Klutz had set fire to the stables.

    The Benefactress

    Elizabeth Beauchamp

  • Klutz feebly tried to push the glass away, but Dellwig insisted.

    The Benefactress

    Elizabeth Beauchamp

  • But Klutz, who had shuffled along quickly, was nowhere to be seen.

    The Benefactress

    Elizabeth Beauchamp


British Dictionary definitions for klutz

klutz

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

Word Origin

from German Klotz dolt; compare clot
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Word Origin and History for klutz

n.

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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