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Synonyms for clumsy
ˈklʌm zi

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gawky, clumsy, clunky, ungainly, unwieldy(adj)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    incompetent, fumbling, inept, unmanageable, gawky, ill-chosen, bungling, inapt, ungainly, cumbersome, awkward, clunky, unwieldy, bunglesome

    Antonyms:
    felicitous, graceful, skilled, wieldy

  2. awkward, clumsy, cumbersome, inapt, inept, ill-chosen(adj)

    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?"

    Synonyms:
    cumbrous, unenviable, feckless, ungainly, ill-chosen, tactless, fumbling, inapt, gawky, awkward, bunglesome, cumbersome, bungling, inept, incompetent, unwieldy, embarrassing, clunky, ill at ease(p), uneasy, sticky

    Antonyms:
    felicitous, graceful, skilled, wieldy

  3. awkward, bunglesome, clumsy, ungainly(adj)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    unenviable, ungainly, ill-chosen, fumbling, inapt, gawky, awkward, bunglesome, cumbersome, bungling, inept, incompetent, unwieldy, embarrassing, clunky, ill at ease(p), uneasy, sticky

    Antonyms:
    skilled, felicitous, graceful, wieldy

  4. bungling, clumsy, fumbling, incompetent(adj)

    showing lack of skill or aptitude

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

    Synonyms:
    butterfingered, handless, ill-chosen, fumbling, heavy-handed, unqualified, awkward, cumbersome, ungainly, bunglesome, unequal to(p), unskilled, bumbling, ham-handed, incompetent, unwieldy, ham-fisted, clunky, inapt, inept, bungling, incapable, gawky, left-handed

    Antonyms:
    graceful, skilled, wieldy, felicitous

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. clumsy

    Awkward, from awk (kindred with off, from the Norwegian), is off-ward, turned the wrong way; it was anciently used of a back-handed or left-handed blow in battle, of squinting eyes, etc. Clumsy, on the other hand (from clumse, also through the Norwegian), signifies benumbed, stiffened with cold; this is the original meaning of clumsy fingers, clumsy limbs. Thus, awkward primarily refers to action, clumsy to condition. A tool, a vehicle, or the human frame may be clumsy in shape or build, awkward in motion. The clumsy man is almost of necessity awkward, but the awkward man may not be naturally clumsy. The finest untrained colt is awkward in harness; a horse that is clumsy in build can never be trained out of awkwardness. An awkward statement has an uncomfortable, and perhaps recoiling force; a statement that contains ill-assorted and incongruous material in ill-chosen language is clumsy. We speak of an awkward predicament, an awkward scrape. An awkward excuse commonly reflects on the one who offers it. We say the admitted facts have an awkward appearance. In none of these cases could clumsy be used. Clumsy is, however, applied to movements that seem as unsuitable as those of benumbed and stiffened limbs. A dancing bear is both clumsy and awkward.

    Synonyms:
    awkward, boorish, bungling, clownish, gawky, maladroit, rough, uncouth, ungainly, unhandy, unskilful

    Antonyms:
    adroit, clever, dexterous, handy, skilful

    Preposition:
    The raw recruit is awkward in action; at the business.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. clumsy

    Synonyms:
    awkward, inexpert, uncouth, maladroit, botching, bungling, unskillful, unwieldly, unhandy, ill-shaped

    Antonyms:
    neat, workmanlike, artistic, handy, skillful, clever, expert, adroit, dexterous

Editors Contribution

  1. gouche

    Submitted by anonymous on December 28, 2020  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. clumsy(a.)

    Synonyms:
    unwieldy, ponderous, heavy, lumbering, ill-shaped, ill-made

  2. clumsy(a.)

    Synonyms:
    awkward, unhandy, bungling, maladroit, inapt, unskilful, without dexterity

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. clumsy(a)

    Synonyms:
    ungraceful, lumbering, uncouth, unwieldy, unhandy, inapt, maladroit

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#22327sloppy
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#197054gawky
#226052unskillful
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How to use clumsy in a sentence?

  1. Ehsan Sehgal:

    I do not embrace two kinds of people, the foolish-liar one and another the clumsy one.

  2. Shavkat Sabirov:

    The worst thing is that this is, at the same time, (a tool of) total control, a clumsy attempt to protect themselves from external threats, and a great opportunity for cyber criminals.

  3. Ben Emmerson:

    It was a crass and clumsy gesture from an increasingly isolated tin pot despot, a morally deranged authoritarian who was at that very moment clinging desperately onto political power in the face of international sanctions and a rising chorus of international condemnation, after years of negotiation and appeasement, the world has lost its patience now with Mr Putin's judo politics and his cringing hard-man photo opportunities.

  4. Casie Copeland:

    If the parties are told if you make this agreement, this report gets shelved forever, then this is an actual incentive, but ... it's all very wishy washy and no one is clear. The way it's been used so far has been rather clumsy.

  5. John Kasich:

    Was it handled in maybe a clumsy way? Okay, so it was, but look, get beyond that. See, that's our problem, Gloria, we spend too much time either trying to be politically correct, play to the cameras, play to our base.

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Translations for clumsy

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  • أخرقArabic
  • тромав, несръченBulgarian
  • neohrabaný, nemotorný, nešikovný, nevhodnýCzech
  • klobig, tollpatschig, plump, ungeschickt, sperrig, Tölpel, unbeholfen, unhandlich, schwerfälligGerman
  • αδέξιοςGreek
  • torpe, patoso, desmañadoSpanish
  • kohmakas, rohmakasEstonian
  • چلفتی, چلاغ, قناسPersian
  • kömpelöFinnish
  • maladroit, gaucheFrench
  • ciotach, liobarnach, tútachIrish
  • cearbach, liobastaScottish Gaelic
  • otromba, ügyetlen, balkezes, esetlen, szakszerűtlenHungarian
  • անշնորհք, անփույթArmenian
  • impacciato, sgraziato, maldestro, malfatto, goffo, rozzoItalian
  • 不器用なJapanese
  • pekengohe, ninipa, pakihawaMāori
  • onhandig, stunteligDutch
  • niezgrabny, niezdarnyPolish
  • atrapalhado, desajeitadoPortuguese
  • maladesterRomansh
  • grosolan, stângaci, greoi, neîndemânatic, butucănosRomanian
  • неловкий, неуклюжий, неповоротливый, неудобныйRussian
  • osmidig, klumpig, drummel, otymplig, svårhanterlig, klantig, klant, drumligSwedish
  • ซุ่มซ่ามThai
  • незграбнийUkrainian

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