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[kluhts] /klʌts/
noun, Slang.
a clumsy, awkward person.
a stupid or foolish person; blockhead.
Origin of klutz
1965-70, Americanism; < Yiddish klots literally, wooden beam < Middle High German kloc (German Klotz) Unabridged
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Examples from the web for klutz
  • In other words, the tourist bet that you weren't a hopeless klutz.
  • klutz opined that the highest and best use before the taking was agricultural or residential use.
  • The school klutz was suddenly the center of attention.
British Dictionary definitions for klutz


(US & Canadian, slang) a clumsy or stupid person
Derived Forms
klutzy, adjective
Word Origin
from German Klotz dolt; compare clot
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Word Origin and History for klutz

1967, American English, from Yiddish klots "clumsy person, blockhead," literally "block, lump," from Middle High German klotz "lump, ball." Cf. German klotz "boor, clod," literally "wooden block" (cf. clot).

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Slang definitions & phrases for klutz


  1. A stupid person; idiot; blockhead: Now, klutz that I am, I thought of Neal/ A small crowd of first-class clutzes
  2. A clumsy person; a lubberly lout: I am the world's biggest klutz. I trip over my own feet, drop things

[1968+; fr Yiddish, ''blockhead,'' literally ''block'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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