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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Clumsy in form or manner; awkward: clunky high-heel shoes.

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  • adj. Ungainly; awkward; inelegant; cumbersome.

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  • adj. lacking grace in movement or posture
  • adj. making a clunking sound

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Examples

  • The mythos upon which this movie hangs is admittedly a tad clunky from a Western standpoint - though it makes for a perfectly serviceable Eastern legend.

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  • You HATE the book, or the first sentence has glaring grammatical errors, or the whole point of the book is obtuse and lost in clunky prose.

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  • Cheryl says it is a little bit "clunky" -- access is not so fast, however, it is a growing free tool for very young children.

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  • The hardware design felt "clunky" -- especially the flimsy-feeling sliding of the touchscreen, needed to reveal the keyboard underneath.

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  • “One Last Dance” is a wimpy ballad that owes its melody to Natalie Cole’s “Miss You Like Crazy”, but Alyssa’s voice has a certain clunky appeal.

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  • The thing about the Kindle is that it is quite clunky, which is perhaps an odd thing to say about a product so new on the market.

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  • And it's designed to do it more effectively than smartphones and laptops, as well as the current generation of netbooks and tablets, which Jobs described as clunky -- slow, with low-quality displays, and, of course, running a non-Apple operating system and software designed for personal computers rather than mobile devices.

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  • When Elling sings a standard ballad, he'll add new layers of melody and rhythm in his phrasing, and he'll even tweak a clunky lyric.

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  • awkwardly heavy or clumsy: clunky software applications; clunky client-server.

    September 29, 2007