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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Some look elegant, while others look awkward and clumsy.
Iguanas' stout build gives them a clumsy look, but they are fast and agile on
  land.
The integrated spoiler looks a bit awkward, if not downright clumsy.
The actors are awkward, the dialogue is clumsy and the resolution preposterous.
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