• WordNet 3.6
    • n clumsiness the inelegance of someone stiff and unrelaxed (as by embarrassment)
    • n clumsiness the carriage of someone whose movements and posture are ungainly or inelegant
    • n clumsiness unskillfulness resulting from a lack of training
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Clumsiness The quality of being clumsy. "The drudging part of life is chiefly owing to clumsiness and ignorance."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n clumsiness The quality of being clumsy; awkwardness; unhandiness; ungainliness; want of readiness, nimbleness, or dexterity.
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  • Charles R. Darwin
    Charles R. Darwin
    “What a book a devil's chaplain might write on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low, and horribly cruel work of nature!”


In literature:

A clumsy whirring beetle alighted at his feet and stumbled heavily down the hole.
""Wee Tim'rous Beasties"" by Douglas English
The notion of a clumsy fellow who falls off his horse is indeed a stock and stale subject.
"Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens" by G. K. Chesterton
While he watched, amazed, the big clumsy logs divided, and swung slowly out, leaving the channel clear.
"The Adventures of Piang the Moro Jungle Boy" by Florence Partello Stuart
Tom Rush had hired this clumsy craft for a week.
"Breaking Away" by Oliver Optic
In fact, their flight is somewhat clumsy and heavy.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Scientists tell us that from the point of view of optics the human eye is a clumsy instrument poorly contrived for its work.
"The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice" by Stephen Leacock
Relays of men at both handles worked the clumsy pump.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
Oh, how interminably silly and clumsy I was beside her!
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
And it strikes one as rather a wasteful, clumsy contrivance, at times.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
I saw the gigantic "river-horse," wallowing through the flood, and dragging his clumsy body out upon the bank.
"Ran Away to Sea" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

They see in his gay rotundity
A clumsy stuffed-out dress -
They see in the cup he waves on high
A tinselled emptiness.
"At a Pantomime." by William Schwenck Gilbert
Have pity on our foolishness
And give us eyes, that we may see
Beneath the shopman's clumsy dress
The splendor of humanity!
"Delicatessen" by Alfred Joyce Kilmer
But in your soul a garden stands
Where fair the white rose blows--
God, teach my foolish clumsy hands
The way to tend my rose.
"Bridal Eve" by Edith Nesbit
I am that clumsy human
on the shore
loving you, coming, coming,
and wish to put my thumb on you
like The Song of Solomon.
"The Consecrating Mother" by Anne Sexton
Clumsy with snow his little feet
Had borne him just across the way
In search of home, or else to meet
And feast with friend that Christmas-day.
"A Winter Walk" by John Albee
I sat and watched the walls of night
With cracks of sudden lightning glow,
And listened while with clumsy might
The thunder wallowed to and fro.
"The Lesson" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

The office automation with its old spanning tree technology is too clumsy for factory floor use, and there's much interest in the development of fault-tolerant or redundant industrial Ethernets.
She's sexy, she's a scientist, she's clumsy.
One result is " Prussian Nights," a clumsy and disjointed 1400 line narrative which can be called poetry only because it is written in meter and rhyme.
Upon Its Initial Release The New York Times Called It ' Shrill and Clumsy'.
Eyes are often open and sleepwalkers will appear awake, albeit clumsy and generally purposeless in their movements.
Even a clumsy do-it-yourselfer can build a cedar split rail fence, says Denis Grignon.
I finally gave up trying to scratch build an electric water pump ,my fingers are just too big and clumsy, so,does anyone have some suggestions.
39.99 This heavy-duty case is for the clumsy folks out there, providing serious protection for the thin and light iPad mini.
His first attempts at flight may be clumsy and erratic, but he's out there flapping happily and trying to stay aloft.
That is, people accidentally click an ad on those little smartphone screens thanks to clumsy digits (or purposely big or hard-to-avoid ads).
Clumsy robber strikes Mount Airy Radio Shack on Thanksgiving.
Will Arthur 's clumsy quest cause the Clauses to cancel next year's Christmas.
Trudeau apologized during a stop in Vancouver, insisting he was really just making a clumsy attack on Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who rose to power as an MP from Calgary.
In my hometown, I was just the smart, shy, clumsy girl.
Although they are powerful and agile fliers, they are particularly clumsy in takeoffs and landings.

In science:

There is no harm in doing so, but the interesting revisions are always revisions of consistent theories by consistent formulas and the consideration of inconsistent arguments makes the treatment unnecessarily clumsy.
Distance Semantics for Belief Revision
It is essential that term clamping has to work in a most unobtrusive way, requiring as little thought from the end user as possible, or such a system would be perceived as clumsy and unusable when it comes to real-world applications.
A novel approach to symbolic algebra
A disadvantage to XML format is that it’s clumsy to read.
ARCHANGEL Galaxy Photometry System
We estimate that several weeks of valuable work time per child are lost in negotiating this clumsy process. A low-cost solution that every institution can implement on a short time scale is to maintain a registry of recommended child care providers and a program to help employees coordinate child care sharing.
Challenges facing young astrophysicists
All three initial ma jor modern programming languages (Fortran, Lisp, Cobol) provided support for functions, albeit sometimes in a clumsy or limited way.
Function Interface Models for Hardware Compilation: Types, Signatures, Protocols