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Definition 1: lacking grace in movement or posture - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where clumsy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a gawky lad with long ungainly legs
  • clumsy fingers
  • what an ungainly creature a giraffe is
  • heaved his unwieldy figure out of his chair

Synonyms for clumsy in the sense of this definition

(clumsy is similar to ...) lacking grace or skill in manner or movement or performance

"an awkward dancer" "an awkward gesture" "too awkward with a needle to make her own clothes" "his clumsy fingers produced an awkward knot"

Definition 2: not elegant or graceful in expression - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where clumsy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an awkward prose style
  • a clumsy apology
  • his cumbersome writing style
  • if the rumor is true, can anything be more inept than to repeat it now?

Synonyms for clumsy in the sense of this definition

(clumsy is similar to ...) not appropriate in application; defective

"an infelicitous remark" "infelicitous phrasing" "the infelicitous typesetting was due to illegible copy"

Definition 3: showing lack of skill or aptitude - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where clumsy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a bungling workman
  • did a clumsy job
  • his fumbling attempt to put up a shelf

Synonyms for clumsy in the sense of this definition

(clumsy is similar to ...) not having or showing or requiring special skill or proficiency

"unskilled in the art of rhetoric" "an enthusiastic but unskillful mountain climber" "unskilled labor" "workers in unskilled occupations are finding fewer and fewer job opportunities" "unskilled workmanship"

Definition 4: difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where clumsy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an awkward bundle to carry
  • a load of bunglesome paraphernalia
  • clumsy wooden shoes
  • the cello, a rather ungainly instrument for a girl

Synonyms for clumsy in the sense of this definition

(clumsy is similar to ...) difficult to use or handle or manage because of size or weight or shape

"we set about towing the unwieldy structure into the shelter" "almost dropped the unwieldy parcel"

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