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clumsy

adjective
 
 
/ˈklʌmzi/
PERSON B2 Clumsy people move in a way that is not controlled or careful enough, and often knock or damage things.Inability and awkwardness
BEHAVIOUR If you behave in a clumsy way, you upset people because you are not careful about their feelings: a clumsy attempt to be friendlyInconsiderateSelfishness
OBJECT Clumsy objects are large, not attractive, and often difficult to use.Not attractive to look atSerious and unpleasant
clumsily adverb clumsiness noun [U]
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