He was not able to form a government because of his clumsy political skills.
But Silva, hapless Silva, got his merely for tangling with the Colombian goalkeeper in a clumsy melee of limbs.
We were clumsy with our hands, feet, and bodies and neither of us knew where anything went.
But they were shocked—and delighted—by how clumsy the Burson guys were.
And how often does the effort to integrate single life and family life end in clumsy pratfalls?
A clumsy device, but one that does not often fail of its effect.
I appear to have given you offence also with my clumsy tongue.
There was an ingrain carpet on the floor, green ivy leaves on a red ground, and clumsy, old-fashioned walnut furniture.
The clumsy framework of the receiver was reduced to a neat and portable size.
I shuddered at the possibility of a clumsy misstep on my part obliterating the impression of an ool-yllik.
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."