gawky, clumsy, clunky, ungainly, unwieldy(adj)
lacking grace in movement or posture
"a gawky lad with long ungainly legs"; "clumsy fingers"; "what an ungainly creature a giraffe is"; "heaved his unwieldy figure out of his chair"
awkward, clumsy, cumbersome, inapt, inept, ill-chosen(adj)
not elegant or graceful in expression
"an awkward prose style"; "a clumsy apology"; "his cumbersome writing style"; "if the rumor is true, can anything be more inept than to repeat it now?"
cumbrous, unenviable, feckless, ungainly, ill-chosen, tactless, fumbling, clumsy, inapt, gawky, awkward, bunglesome, cumbersome, bungling, inept, incompetent, unwieldy, embarrassing, clunky, ill at ease(p), uneasy, sticky
awkward, bunglesome, clumsy, ungainly(adj)
difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape
"an awkward bundle to carry"; "a load of bunglesome paraphernalia"; "clumsy wooden shoes"; "the cello, a rather ungainly instrument for a girl"
unenviable, ungainly, ill-chosen, fumbling, clumsy, inapt, gawky, awkward, bunglesome, cumbersome, bungling, inept, incompetent, unwieldy, embarrassing, clunky, ill at ease(p), uneasy, sticky
bungling, clumsy, fumbling, incompetent(adj)
showing lack of skill or aptitude
"a bungling workman"; "did a clumsy job"; "his fumbling attempt to put up a shelf"
butterfingered, handless, ill-chosen, fumbling, clumsy, heavy-handed, unqualified, awkward, cumbersome, ungainly, bunglesome, unequal to(p), unskilled, bumbling, ham-handed, incompetent, unwieldy, ham-fisted, clunky, inapt, inept, bungling, incapable, gawky, left-handed
English Synonyms and Antonyms
Awkward, from awk (kindred with off, from the Norwegian), is off-ward, turned the wrong way; it was anciently used of a back-handed or left-handed blow in battle, of squinting eyes, etc. Clumsy, on the other hand (from clumse, also through the Norwegian), signifies benumbed, stiffened with cold; this is the original meaning of clumsy fingers, clumsy limbs. Thus, awkward primarily refers to action, clumsy to condition. A tool, a vehicle, or the human frame may be clumsy in shape or build, awkward in motion. The clumsy man is almost of necessity awkward, but the awkward man may not be naturally clumsy. The finest untrained colt is awkward in harness; a horse that is clumsy in build can never be trained out of awkwardness. An awkward statement has an uncomfortable, and perhaps recoiling force; a statement that contains ill-assorted and incongruous material in ill-chosen language is clumsy. We speak of an awkward predicament, an awkward scrape. An awkward excuse commonly reflects on the one who offers it. We say the admitted facts have an awkward appearance. In none of these cases could clumsy be used. Clumsy is, however, applied to movements that seem as unsuitable as those of benumbed and stiffened limbs. A dancing bear is both clumsy and awkward.
The raw recruit is awkward in action; at the business.
Dictionary of English Synonymes
Translations for clumsy
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- тромав, несръченBulgarian
- neohrabaný, nemotorný, nešikovný, nevhodnýCzech
- klobig, tollpatschig, plump, ungeschickt, sperrig, Tölpel, unbeholfen, unhandlich, schwerfälligGerman
- torpe, patoso, desmañadoSpanish
- kohmakas, rohmakasEstonian
- چلفتی, چلاغ, قناسPersian
- maladroit, gaucheFrench
- ciotach, liobarnach, tútachIrish
- cearbach, liobastaScottish Gaelic
- otromba, ügyetlen, balkezes, esetlen, szakszerűtlenHungarian
- անշնորհք, անփույթArmenian
- impacciato, sgraziato, maldestro, malfatto, goffo, rozzoItalian
- pekengohe, ninipa, pakihawaMāori
- onhandig, stunteligDutch
- niezgrabny, niezdarnyPolish
- atrapalhado, desajeitadoPortuguese
- grosolan, stângaci, greoi, neîndemânatic, butucănosRomanian
- неловкий, неуклюжий, неповоротливый, неудобныйRussian
- osmidig, klumpig, drummel, otymplig, svårhanterlig, klantig, klant, drumligSwedish
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