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"clumsy" in British English

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clumsyadjective

uk   us   /ˈklʌm.zi/
awkward in ​movement or ​manner: The first ​mobilephones were ​heavy and clumsy to use, but ​nowadays they are much ​easier to ​handle. My ​attempts to ​apologize were very clumsy (= not said well).B2 A clumsy ​person 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!

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clumsily
adverb uk   us   /-zɪ.li/
clumsiness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
(Definition of clumsy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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clumsyadjective

 us   /ˈklʌm·zi/
awkward in ​movement or ​manner: I’m so clumsy – I ​keepdropping things. Clumsy also ​means done in an ​awkward or ​embarrassing way: He ​subsequentlywrote a ​letter to the ​magazine in an admittedly clumsy ​try at ​explaining his ​viewpoint. Something that is clumsy is too ​big or ​complicated to be ​dealt with ​easily: She would be at the ​mercy of a clumsy ​bureaucracy.
(Definition of clumsy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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