Synonyms for clumsy
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English Synonyms and Antonyms3.3 / 3 votes
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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Princeton's WordNet5.0 / 1 vote
gawky, clumsy, clunky, ungainly, unwieldyadjective
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-chosenadjective
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, ungainlyadjective
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, incompetentadjective
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
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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.
A subtle-witted man is like an arrow, which, rending little surface, enters deeply, but they whose minds are dull resemble stones dashing with clumsy force, but never piercing.
It's heavy-handed, i think it's clumsy diplomacy.
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.
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.
Translations for clumsy
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- несръчен, тромавBulgarian
- neohrabaný, nemotorný, nešikovný, nevhodnýCzech
- klobig, tollpatschig, schwerfällig, Tölpel, ungeschickt, sperrig, unhandlich, plump, unbeholfenGerman
- patoso, desmañado, torpeSpanish
- rohmakas, kohmakasEstonian
- چلاغ, قناس, چلفتیPersian
- gauche, maladroitFrench
- tútach, ciotach, liobarnachIrish
- cearbach, liobastaScottish Gaelic
- szakszerűtlen, esetlen, balkezes, ügyetlen, otrombaHungarian
- անշնորհք, անփույթArmenian
- impacciato, maldestro, rozzo, goffo, sgraziato, malfattoItalian
- pakihawa, ninipa, pekengoheMāori
- stuntelig, onhandigDutch
- niezgrabny, niezdarnyPolish
- atrapalhado, desajeitadoPortuguese
- neîndemânatic, butucănos, greoi, grosolan, stângaciRomanian
- неловкий, неудобный, неповоротливый, неуклюжийRussian
- otymplig, drumlig, klant, klantig, svårhanterlig, drummel, klumpig, osmidigSwedish
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