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Definitions of clumsy

  1. Stiff or benumbed, as with cold. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. Awkward; illmade; heavy; unskilful; lacking grace; as, a clumsy boy. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. Shapeless: ill-made: awkward: ungainly. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. Ill-shaped; awkward. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. Unhandy; ungraceful; awkward; unwieldy; ungainly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. Awkward; ungainly; ill made; badly constructed. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. Awkward and inefficient, like one benumbed with cold; unskilful; slow; heavy; ill made. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for clumsy

  1. I had thought up to that moment of the adventures before me, not at all of the home that I was leaving; and now at sight of this clumsy stranger, who was to stay here in my place beside my mother, I had my first attack of tears. – Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  2. Yet so clumsy was this primitive artillery, and so awkwardly was it served, that it often inflicted more destruction on the Turkish gunners themselves than on the Christians. – The Story of Malta by Maturin M. Ballou
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