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"
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?"
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
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"
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"
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
English Synonyms and Antonyms
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.
The raw recruit is awkward in action; at the business.
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How to use clumsy in a sentence?
The forceps of our minds are clumsy forceps, and crush the truth a little in taking hold of it.
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.
We know that in the application of the death penalty we've had recent cases, by any standard, it has not been swift and painless but rather gruesome and clumsy.
I do not embrace two kinds of people, the foolish-liar one and another the clumsy one.
We think that that has not happened. They’ve been much too fast to pick up kids on unfounded allegations based on clumsy things like a basketball jersey that they might be wearing or something they posted on the internet which falls far short of the sort of evidence you want to see before somebody labels you a gang member.
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- тромав, несръченBulgarian
- neohrabaný, nemotorný, nešikovný, nevhodnýCzech
- klobig, tollpatschig, plump, ungeschickt, sperrig, Tölpel, unbeholfen, unhandlich, schwerfälligGerman
- torpe, patoso, desmañadoSpanish
- kohmakas, rohmakasEstonian
- چلفتی, چلاغ, قناسPersian
- maladroit, gaucheFrench
- ciotach, liobarnach, tútachIrish
- cearbach, liobastaScottish Gaelic
- otromba, ügyetlen, balkezes, esetlen, szakszerűtlenHungarian
- անշնորհք, անփույթArmenian
- impacciato, sgraziato, maldestro, malfatto, goffo, rozzoItalian
- pekengohe, ninipa, pakihawaMāori
- onhandig, stunteligDutch
- niezgrabny, niezdarnyPolish
- atrapalhado, desajeitadoPortuguese
- grosolan, stângaci, greoi, neîndemânatic, butucănosRomanian
- неловкий, неуклюжий, неповоротливый, неудобныйRussian
- osmidig, klumpig, drummel, otymplig, svårhanterlig, klantig, klant, drumligSwedish
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