Meaning of CLUMSY in English

CLUMSY

clum ‧ sy /ˈklʌmzi/ BrE AmE adjective ( comparative clumsier , superlative clumsiest )

[ Date: 1500-1600 ; Origin: Probably from clumse 'too cold to feel anything' (16-19 centuries) , from a Scandinavian language ]

1 . moving or doing things in a careless way, especially so that you drop things, knock into things etc:

A clumsy waiter spilled wine all over her new skirt.

a clumsy attempt to catch the ball

2 . a clumsy object is not easy to use and is often large and heavy

3 . a clumsy action or statement is said or done carelessly or badly, and likely to upset someone:

David made a clumsy attempt to comfort us.

—clumsily adverb

—clumsiness noun [uncountable]

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THESAURUS

▪ clumsy adjective moving or doing things in a careless way, especially so that you drop things, knock into things etc:

She was very clumsy and was always walking into doors.

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With clumsy fingers he took out a pack of cigarettes and tried to light one.

▪ awkward adjective moving in a way that does not seem relaxed or comfortable:

Her husband always looked a bit awkward when he was dancing.

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an awkward teenager

▪ ungainly adjective moving in a way that is not graceful – used especially about people or things that are big:

The ostrich is rather an ungainly bird.

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She collapsed into the chair in an ungainly manner.

▪ uncoordinated adjective not able to control your movements very well, and therefore not very good at physical activities:

When she first starting playing tennis, her movements were slow and uncoordinated.

▪ accident-prone adjective often having accidents:

I was very accident-prone as a child and was always having to go to hospital.

▪ be all fingers and thumbs British English informal , be all thumbs American English informal to be unable to control your fingers very well, so that you cannot do something:

‘Do you want some help unwrapping that?’ ‘Yes please, I’m all fingers and thumbs today.’

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.