Definition of clunky in English:

clunky

adjective

informal
  • 1Awkwardly solid, heavy, and outdated.

    ‘even last year's laptops look clunky’
    ‘clunky brown shoes’
    figurative ‘surprisingly clunky comedy’
    • ‘It's just feelings and emotions and sometimes they come out awkward and clunky, but that's the beauty of it.’
    • ‘The old, noisy fans and ancient clunky light switches are gone.’
    • ‘In fact, with its old-fashioned approach to animation, it looks clunky in comparison to some of its competitors.’
    • ‘There are some really clunky recording devices.’
    • ‘It reflected the state of the rest of the cruiser - outdated equipment panels, clunky machinery and a thick layer of dust over half the surfaces.’
    • ‘Which is a pity, considering how horrid, clunky and dated they all are.’
    • ‘Surprisingly, the only weak section is the clunky introduction, which is more speculative and not as strongly written as the rest.’
    • ‘Whereas it seems everyone else carries the cute, stylish phones, she seems to be dragging along with clunky looking models.’
    • ‘It is a sign of how quickly technology can evolve that those desktops, once the sign of individual liberation, now seem somewhat clunky themselves.’
    • ‘They have created a keyboard that's clunky, loud and heavy.’
    • ‘A lot of old advertising - still or moving - just looks clunky or kitsch as the years roll by.’
    • ‘The author seems unsure whether he is writing a thriller or a satire and, with his clunky prose and rudimentary plot, ends up doing neither.’
    • ‘The north park is home to a couple of tiny ponds, traversed by bridges festooned with clunky metal turtles designed by a local artist.’
    • ‘Installed on a laptop, it takes the place of many pieces of antiquated and clunky video gear that were formerly needed to ensure high quality video recording.’
    • ‘The telephones are clunky, the colors are brown, the cars are funky jalopies.’
    • ‘All of the systems more or less worked, but they were all slow, clunky, and had major usability issues.’
    • ‘I have to learn this old-fashioned clunky hardware.’
    • ‘This one has bits of glorious writing, but it's a bit heavy-handed and clunky over all.’
    • ‘Their slow acoustic strumming and clunky drumming are answered by sort piano crashes.’
    • ‘Some of the dialogue is clunky and dated, perhaps, and some of the plots just plain don't work, but apart from some poorly reproduced art, these collections would be cheap at twice the price.’
    old-fashioned, outmoded, out of fashion, out of date, unfashionable, frumpish, frumpy, out of style, outdated, dated, out, outworn, old, former, dead, musty, old-time, old-world, behindhand, past, bygone, archaic, obsolescent, obsolete, ancient, antiquated, superannuated
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  • 2Making a clunking sound.

    ‘clunky conveyor belts’
    • ‘Every sound is, at once, clunky and substantial.’
    • ‘Her nose twitched slightly as she walked forward, her clunky metal heels hitting the concrete with a sharp clicking sound.’

Pronunciation

clunky

/ˈkləŋki//ˈkləNGkē/