9 Grammatical Pitfalls


[kluhng-kee] /ˈklʌŋ ki/
adjective, clunkier, clunkiest. Informal.
awkwardly heavy or clumsy:
clunky metal jewelry; clunky shoes.
Origin of clunky
1965-70; clunk + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for clunky
  • What replaces clunky, dangerous automobiles and toxic, sprawling asphalt roads is the exciting stuff.
  • That's the recipe for this clunky, fraudulent, yet apparently crowd-pleasing laugh-and-tear-jerker.
  • First, there's the name-better to pick another place than to have to mutter those clunky syllables on the phone to a date.
  • The clunky plot continues to be riddled with implausibilities, and the movie runs a slack two hours and thirty-four minutes.
  • Newswriting is commonly cited as the clunky opposite of literary prose.
  • The clunky plot continues to be riddled with implausIbilities, and the movie runs d slack two hours and thirty-four min- utes.
  • The clunky plot continues to be riddled with im- plausibilities, and the movie runs a slack two hours and thirty-four minutes.
  • US measure works okay for volume of liquid, but is a bit clunky for small portions of dry things.
  • Each of the programs simply looks better than before-nicer typefaces, better colors, a much less clunky effect overall.
  • And anyone traveling for more than a day with an electronic gadget has to tote along its clunky charger as well.
British Dictionary definitions for clunky


adjective clunkier, clunkiest
making a clunking noise
(informal) ponderously ungraceful or unsophisticated: clunky boots
awkward or unsophisticated: then you guffaw at clunky dialogue
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for clunky

"blocky, ungraceful," by 1968 (when it was the name of a style of women's shoe), from clunk + -y (2). Related: Clunkily; clunkiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for clunky



Blockish and ungraceful; stolidly unsophisticated: apair of clunkySonorabiker boots/ a clunkish magazine called Pick-Up Times/ The ads are so clunky and quaint that they transport one back to a seemingly more innocent consumer past (1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for clunky

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for clunky

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for clunky