from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Lacking physical coordination, skill, or grace; awkward.
- adj. Awkwardly constructed; unwieldy: clumsy wooden shoes; a clumsy sentence.
- adj. Gauche; inept: a clumsy excuse.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. awkward, lacking coordination, not graceful, not dextrous
- adj. Not elegant or well-planned, lacking tact or subtlety
- adj. awkward or inefficient in use or construction, difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape
- n. A clumsy person.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Stiff or benumbed, as with cold.
- adj. Without skill or grace; wanting dexterity, nimbleness, or readiness; stiff; awkward, as if benumbed; unwieldy; unhandy; hence; ill-made, misshapen, or inappropriate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Stiffened with cold; benumbed.
- Acting as if benumbed; awkward; ungainly; unhandy; uncouth; without expertness, dexterity, tact, or grace: as, a clumsy workman; a clumsy wooer.
- Manifesting awkwardness; ill-contrived or ill-managed; awkwardly combined, arranged, or used: as, a clumsy movement; clumsy sentences.
- So made as to be unwieldy in certain or in all uses; heavily built; large and heavy; not manageable, light, or graceful.
- Awkward in appearance or use; unfamiliar; anomalous; outré.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape
- adj. showing lack of skill or aptitude
- adj. lacking grace in movement or posture
- adj. not elegant or graceful in expression
From obsolete clumse, to be numb with cold, from Middle English clomsen, of Scandinavian origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)