On Reliable Sources Sunday, Terence Smith said that a recent Obama gaffe was “Romney-esque in its clumsiness.”
Yet another chapter in the "J. Law's clumsiness is So Endearing" saga.
Whatever Kerry lacks in clumsiness, he makes up for in spinelessness.
Just a detail, perhaps, but it underlines the clumsiness of Romney's decision to come to Israel.
He always felt his heaviness and clumsiness in talking with the editor, who fascinated him.
I mean to say, when he sharply rebuked me for clumsiness or cried out "Stupid!"
"Bardelys, a thousand apologies for my clumsiness," he muttered.
He inwardly cursed his clumsiness as he changed his gesture.
He had often reproached himself that, by his clumsiness, he had stuck a knife into her tender heart.
He had been clumsy, if nothing else, and he had always thought that clumsiness was inexcusable.
1590s, "acting as if benumbed," alteration of Middle English clumsid "numb with cold" (14c.), past participle of clumsen "to benumb, stiffen or paralyze with cold or fear," from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse klumsa "make speechless, palsy; prevent from speaking," intensive of kluma "to make motionless." For insertion of -s-, cf. flimsy.
Not in general use until 18c., with senses "manifesting awkwardness; so made as to be unwieldy." Related: Clumsily; clumsiness. Cf. Swedish dialectal klummsen "benumbed with cold," Norwegian klumsad (past participle) "speechless, palsied by a spasm or by fear or witchery;" German verklammen "grow stiff or numb with cold." Also cf. clumse (n.) "a stupid fellow."