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"It's the way you're treating me," he cried, with a clumsy man's awkward attempt at gesture.

I appear to have given you offence also with my clumsy tongue.

As he was clumsy in finesse, she understood his idea, and her eyes flashed.

The clumsy framework of the receiver was reduced to a neat and portable size.

It was clumsy enough, but in my eyes a marvel of engineering art.

What is amiss with your hand, you clumsy rogue, that you should wear linen round it?'

Wentworth has appealed to her, and I made a clumsy attempt at an appeal also, but it was of no use.

I hurried away, followed by Clara's merry laugh at my clumsy gait.

These clumsy craft had cabins, and in some whole families lived.

The devil was large and clumsy, but Sun Wu Kung leaped about nimbly.

WORD ORIGIN

1590s, "acting as if benumbed," alteration of Middle English clumsid "numb with cold" (14c.), past participle of clumsen "to benumb, stiffen or paralyze with cold or fear," from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse klumsa "make speechless, palsy; prevent from speaking," intensive of kluma "to make motionless." For insertion of -s-, cf. flimsy.

Not in general use until 18c., with senses "manifesting awkwardness; so made as to be unwieldy." Related: Clumsily; clumsiness. Cf. Swedish dialectal klummsen "benumbed with cold," Norwegian klumsad (past participle) "speechless, palsied by a spasm or by fear or witchery;" German verklammen "grow stiff or numb with cold." Also cf. clumse (n.) "a stupid fellow."

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