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clumsy


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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.] 
 
  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. 
 
  But  thou  in  clumsy  verse,  unlicked,  unpointed,  Hast 
  shamefully  defied  the  Lord's  anointed.  --Dryden. 
 
  Syn:  See  {Awkward}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  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},  {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},  {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}, 
  {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},  {fumbling},  {incompetent}] 




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