[ kluht-see ]
/ ˈklʌt si /

adjective, klutz·i·er, klutz·i·est. Slang.

clumsy; awkward: If you weren't so klutzy you wouldn't have dropped it.
unwieldy; bulky or awkward: a klutzy pair of boots.
inept or thoughtless; boneheaded: a klutzy remark.

Nearby words

  1. kludge,
  2. klug,
  3. klumpke's paralysis,
  4. klunker,
  5. klutz,
  6. klydonograph,
  7. klystron,
  8. kléber,
  9. kléber, jean baptiste,
  10. klösse

Origin of klutzy

An Americanism dating back to 1960–65; klutz + -y1

Related formsklutz·i·ness, noun

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Examples from the Web for klutzy

  • Romney, meanwhile, is having a klutzy week, kissing off as “not very much” what turned out to be $374,000 in speaking fees.

    What If Newt Wins S.C.?|Howard Kurtz|January 19, 2012|DAILY BEAST

Word Origin and History for klutzy



1965, from klutz + -y (2). Related: Klutziness.

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