Definition of butterfingers in English:



  • 1A person who regularly drops or fails to keep hold of things.

    ‘What chance have we got with him in goal ? Old butterfingers’
    ‘the case provides some protection for those butterfingers who often drop their phone’
    • ‘Unfortunately I'm a butterfingers and grabbed the door latch when I got a hold and the door swung open, with me on it.’
    • ‘Glasgow's first try had come even before Murray had left the field when flanker Stevie Swindall took advantage of some butterfingers to grab an early touchdown.’
    • ‘Newton, much closer in spirit and physique to Hepburn, is funny and lovely throughout, but this is a two-hander and butterfingers Wahlberg isn't there to catch what she so ably throws his way.’
    • ‘The result: timeless songs full of jangling guitars and giggling vocals and lyrics about being a lovesick butterfingers in a world of emotional icebergs.’
    • ‘But the really annoying people said things like ‘hey, I heard what happened, butterfingers.’’
    • ‘Hold your horses, butterfingers, I'll be there in a minute!’
    • ‘The whole staff was just a bunch of wacky butterfingers who made the same mistake over and over again.’
    • ‘But the butterfingers company boss Jerry Sanders later let them slip through his fingers.’
    blunderer, incompetent, amateur, bumbler, botcher, clown, hopeless case
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    1. 1.1 A tendency to drop or fail to keep hold of things.
      ‘the problem was that he had butterfingers and dropped many passes’
      • ‘After a short hiatus Microsoft's exec-related butterfingers syndrome has re-emerged.’
      • ‘And as for the fielding department, he has no butterfingers.’
      • ‘Dundee's wobbles were best exemplified by Langfield, who found himself afflicted by an acute attack of butterfingers.’
      • ‘Flatley's butterfingers will only lower his stocks further at the Troppo clubhouse.’
      • ‘Saracens' experience and speed was too much for them and it was a case of butterfingers at critical moments which restricted the score to just two tries each half.’
      ineptitude, ineptness, inability, lack of ability, incapability, incapacity, lack of skill, lack of proficiency, amateurishness, inexpertness, clumsiness, ineffectiveness, inadequacy, deficiency, inefficiency, ineffectuality, ineffectualness, insufficiency
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