Definition of klutz in US English:



North American
  • A clumsy, awkward, or foolish person.

    • ‘Many people who are lifestyle athletes as adults were ‘the skinny kids ‘or the klutzes in school.’’
    • ‘She fell to the ground, probably looking like a complete klutz.’
    • ‘Allen is a complete klutz when it comes to women and relationships.’
    • ‘He had even grabbed a plate before it fell from her hands while clearing the table, and hadn't made any smart comments about her being a klutz.’
    • ‘And it does it all so seamlessly that it saves lead-footed klutzes like me from all manner of problems without my even knowing it.’
    • ‘You see, I am a bit of a klutz when it comes to the kitchen, and at dinner-parties and family gatherings am usually demoted to corkscrew attendant so I can't get my hands on anything other people might have to eat.’
    • ‘There's a way to do this if you're real careful and delicate with the controls but I'm your basic klutz and what I keep doing is hitting the buttons wrong and losing my place.’
    • ‘Almost fell in Dunkin’ Donuts because the silver sandals are slippery and I'm a klutz.’
    • ‘The machine was sturdily built, and was designed to withstand kids, klutzes, messy accidents, and just about anything that might occur in the average American home.’
    • ‘John still thinks I'm the biggest klutz to walk the earth.’
    • ‘I stumbled back holding my head and immediately tripped backwards over a chair, which I swear was strategically placed there to make me look like a bigger klutz than I already did.’
    • ‘All your friends and colleagues know what a klutz you are, and no matter how careful you are whenever you eat or drink something, you still manage to stain your clothes on a regular basis.’
    • ‘Her friend had a well-earned reputation as a klutz, and over the years’
    • ‘She's cute, and a klutz, she has a way of making everyone around her laugh.’
    • ‘For 10 weeks you wander around feeling like a newbie, if not a complete klutz, then much to your surprise, people start asking you for advice.’
    • ‘I freely admit that I'm a klutz when it comes to sharpening knives.’
    • ‘Now, you have to understand, Alaia has always been a klutz.’
    • ‘I hate to tell you this dearie, but Cody's always been a bit of a clumsy klutz.’
    • ‘My mom was upset, but Kim and I started giggling because we know we're both such klutzes.’
    • ‘I didn't even care when, in my lifelong battle with being a klutz, I dropped the scoop of ice cream off my ice cream cone on the way back to the car.’
    idiot, ass, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clod
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1960s: from Yiddish klots ‘wooden block’.