clumsy

[kluhm-zee]
adjective, clumsier, clumsiest.
1.
awkward in movement or action; without skill or grace: He is very clumsy and is always breaking things.
2.
awkwardly done or made; unwieldy; ill-contrived: He made a clumsy, embarrassed apology.

Origin:
1590–1600; clums benumbed with cold (now obsolete) + -y1; akin to Middle English clumsen to be stiff with cold, dialectal Swedish klumsig benumbed, awkward, klums numbskull, Old Norse klumsa lockjaw. See clam2

clumsily, adverb
clumsiness, noun


1. ungraceful, ungainly, lumbering, lubberly. 2. unhandy, unskillful, maladroit, inexpert, bungling, bumbling, heavy-handed, inept.


2. adroit, skillful.
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clumsy (ˈklʌmzɪ)
 
adj , -sier, -siest
1.  lacking in skill or physical coordination
2.  awkwardly constructed or contrived
 
[C16 (in obsolete sense: benumbed with cold; hence, awkward): perhaps from C13 dialect clumse to benumb, probably from Scandinavian; compare Swedish dialect klumsig numb]
 
'clumsily
 
adv
 
'clumsiness
 
n

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clumsy
1597, from M.E. clumsid "numb with cold," pp. of clumsen "to benumb," from O.N. klumsa, intens. of kluma "to make motionless."
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Example sentences
There are plenty of sources including the clumsily deleted information.
Doctors try to manage this, sometimes clumsily, but their hands are tied.
But at times, and especially at first, the brain does this work clumsily.
We trudged clumsily in our hip boots to a shallow mud pit.
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