clumsy

[[t]klʌ̱mzi[/t]]
clumsier, clumsiest
1) ADJ-GRADED A clumsy person moves or handles things in a careless, awkward way, often so that things are knocked over or broken.

I'd never seen a clumsier, less coordinated boxer...

Unfortunately, I was still very clumsy behind the wheel of the jeep.

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coordinated
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clumsily [[t]klʌ̱mzɪli[/t]] ADV-GRADED ADV with v

The rooks flew clumsily towards their nests.

clumsiness N-UNCOUNT

His clumsiness and ineptitude with the wooden sticks did not embarrass him.

2) ADJ-GRADED A clumsy action or statement is not skilful or is likely to upset people.

The action seemed a clumsy attempt to topple the Janata Dal government...

He denied the announcement was clumsy and insensitive.

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clumsily ADV-GRADED usu ADV with v

If the matter were handled clumsily, it could cost Miriam her life.

clumsiness N-UNCOUNT

I was ashamed at my clumsiness and insensitivity.

3) ADJ-GRADED An object that is clumsy is not neat in design or appearance, and is often awkward to use.

The keyboard is a large and clumsy instrument as far as portable computers are concerned...

It was a clumsy looking aeroplane.

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