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[buht-er-fing-gerz] /ˈbʌt ərˌfɪŋ gɛrz/
noun, plural butterfingers. (used with a singular verb)
a person who frequently drops things; clumsy person.
Origin of butterfingers
1830-40; butter + finger + -s3
Related forms
butterfingered, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for butterfingers
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  • butterfingers was gone, she had got her a place in Somersetshire, so anxiety on that score was over.

    Ask Momma R. S. Surtees
  • And, as every boy in the world knows, it is a great disgrace to be called "butterfingers."

    Half-Past Seven Stories Robert Gordon Anderson
  • You have just permitted the cleverest rascal in the state to slip through your butterfingers.

    Hearts and Masks Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for butterfingers


(functioning as sing) (informal) a person who drops things inadvertently or fails to catch things
Derived Forms
butterfingered, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for butterfingers

"person apt to let things fall," 1837; see butter-fingered.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for butterfingers



A clumsy, unhandy person, esp one who regularly drops things

[1850s+ Cricket; Adopted by baseball players in the 1880s]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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