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English definition of “clumsy”

clumsy

adjective     /ˈklʌm.zi/
awkward in movement or manner: The first mobile phones were heavy and clumsy to use, but nowadays they are much easier to handle. My attempts to apologize were very clumsy (= not said well).Inability and awkwardness B2 describes someone who often has accidents because they do not behave in a careful, controlled way: That's the third glass you've smashed this week - you're so clumsy!Inability and awkwardness clumsily     /-zɪ.li/ adverb Inability and awkwardness clumsiness     /-nəs/ noun [U] Inability and awkwardness
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