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3 definitions found
 for clumsy
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Clumsy \Clum"sy\, a. [Compar. Clumsier; superl. Clumsiest.]
     [OE. clumsed benumbed, fr. clumsen to be benumbed; cf. Icel.
     klumsa lockjaw, dial. Sw. klummsen benumbed with cold. Cf.
     1st Clam, and 1st Clamp.]
     1. Stiff or benumbed, as with cold. [Obs.]
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Without skill or grace; wanting dexterity, nimbleness, or
        readiness; stiff; awkward, as if benumbed; unwieldy;
        unhandy; hence; ill-made, misshapen, or inappropriate; as,
        a clumsy person; a clumsy workman; clumsy fingers; a
        clumsy gesture; a clumsy excuse.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              But thou in clumsy verse, unlicked, unpointed,
              Hast shamefully defied the Lord's anointed.
                                                    --Dryden.
  
     Syn: See Awkward.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  clumsy
      adj 1: lacking grace in movement or posture; "a gawky lad with
             long ungainly legs"; "clumsy fingers"; "what an ungainly
             creature a giraffe is"; "heaved his unwieldy figure out
             of his chair" [syn: gawky, clumsy, clunky,
             ungainly, unwieldy]
      2: not elegant or graceful in expression; "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?" [syn: awkward, clumsy, cumbersome,
         inapt, inept, ill-chosen]
      3: difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape;
         "an awkward bundle to carry"; "a load of bunglesome
         paraphernalia"; "clumsy wooden shoes"; "the cello, a rather
         ungainly instrument for a girl" [syn: awkward,
         bunglesome, clumsy, ungainly]
      4: showing lack of skill or aptitude; "a bungling workman"; "did
         a clumsy job"; "his fumbling attempt to put up a shelf" [syn:
         bungling, clumsy, fumbling, incompetent]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  105 Moby Thesaurus words for "clumsy":
     Doric, all thumbs, awkward, barbaric, barbarous, blunderheaded,
     blundering, boorish, botched, bovine, bulky, bumbling, bungling,
     butterfingered, cacophonous, careless, cloddish, clownish,
     clumsy-fisted, coarse, contrary, crosswise, crude, cumbersome,
     cumbrous, deficient, discommodious, doggerel, dysphemistic,
     elephantine, fingers all thumbs, fumbling, gauche, gawkish, gawky,
     graceless, gross, half-assed, ham-fisted, ham-handed, haphazard,
     harsh, heavy-handed, hit-and-miss, hit-or-miss, hulking, hulky,
     impractical, improper, impure, in bad taste, incommodious,
     inconcinnate, inconcinnous, inconvenient, incorrect, indecorous,
     inelegant, inept, infelicitous, left-hand, left-handed, loutish,
     low, lubberly, lumbering, lumpish, lumpy, maladroit, massive,
     massy, messy, oafish, outlandish, perverse, ponderous, promiscuous,
     rude, slipshod, slipshoddy, sloppy, slovenly, sluttish, splay,
     stiff, tasteless, troublesome, uncourtly, uncouth, undignified,
     uneuphonious, unfelicitous, ungainly, ungraced, ungraceful,
     unhandy, unhappy, unmanageable, unpolished, unrefined, unseemly,
     untidy, unwieldy, vulgar, wooden
  
  

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