Definition of butterfingers in English:



  • 1A clumsy person, especially one who fails to hold a catch.

    • ‘Unfortunately I'm a butterfingers and grabbed the door latch when I got a hold and the door swung open, with me on it.’
    • ‘But the butterfingers company boss Jerry Sanders later let them slip through his fingers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The whole staff was just a bunch of wacky butterfingers who made the same mistake over and over again.’
    • ‘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!’
    blunderer, incompetent, amateur, bumbler, botcher, clown, hopeless case
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    1. 1.1 Clumsiness in handling something.
      ‘fumbling for the ball with butterfingers’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After a short hiatus Microsoft's exec-related butterfingers syndrome has re-emerged.’