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
Many of the symptoms of hypothermia resemble those of a drunken stupor:
  sleepiness, clumsiness, confusion and even slurred speech.
The method's other drawback is its sheer clumsiness.
Despite the clumsiness of its tactics, the government's concerns are legitimate.
And, showing a mix of lack of sensibility with political clumsiness, she then
  refused to accept that she had made a mistake.
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