clumsy vs clunky what difference

what is difference between clumsy and clunky

English

Etymology

Possibly from an alteration of clumsed (benumbed) or from clumse (a stupid fellow; lout) +‎ -y. More at clumse.

Pronunciation

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈklʌmzi/

Adjective

clumsy (comparative clumsier, superlative clumsiest)

  1. Awkward, lacking coordination, not graceful, not dextrous.
    He’s very clumsy. I wouldn’t trust him with carrying the dishes.
  2. Not elegant or well-planned, lacking tact or subtlety.
    It is a clumsy solution, but it might work for now.
    What a clumsy joke…
  3. Awkward or inefficient in use or construction, difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape.

Translations

Noun

clumsy (plural clumsies)

  1. (informal, fairly rare) A clumsy person.
    • 1934, P. L. Travers, Mary Poppins
      “Well, you are a clumsy,” said Ellen, as she bent down to mop up the water. “That was for your father’s shaving.”

Synonyms

  • butterfingers
  • galoot
  • klutz

Translations

See also

  • clumsies

Anagrams

  • cumyls, muscly


English

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -ʌŋki

Adjective

clunky (comparative clunkier, superlative clunkiest)

  1. (informal) Ungainly; awkward; inelegant; cumbersome.
  2. Being or making a clunk sound.
    • 2012, Mike Brent, Fiona Dent, The Leader’s Guide to Influence
      You might find yourself listening to the sound your car door makes when it shuts. Is it a cheap tinny sound or a strong clunky sound like the VW?

Derived terms

  • clunkiness

Translations


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