clumsy


clumsy
clumsily, adv.clumsiness, n.
/klum"zee/, adj., clumsier, clumsiest.
1. awkward in movement or action; without skill or grace: He is very clumsy and is always breaking things.
2. awkwardly done or made; unwieldy; ill-contrived: He made a clumsy, embarrassed apology.
[1590-1600; clums benumbed with cold (now obs.) + -Y1; akin to ME clumsen to be stiff with cold, dial. Sw klumsig benumbed, awkward, klums numbskull, ON klumsa lockjaw. See CLAM2]
Syn. 1. ungraceful, ungainly, lumbering, lubberly. 2. unhandy, unskillful, maladroit, inexpert, bungling, bumbling, heavy-handed, inept.
Ant. 2. adroit, skillful.

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