Definition of butterfingers in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbədərˌfiNGɡərz/

noun (plural same)

1A clumsy person, especially one who fails to hold a catch.
Example sentences
  • 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 butterfingers company boss Jerry Sanders later let them slip through his fingers.
  • Unfortunately I'm a butterfingers and grabbed the door latch when I got a hold and the door swung open, with me on it.
1.1Clumsiness in handling something: fumbling for the ball with butterfingers
More example sentences
  • 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.



Pronunciation: /ˈbədərˌfiNGɡərd/
Example sentences
  • And when called to kick it up to action hero, he's clumsy and butterfingered, but determined.
  • The Brazilian, one of four in the squad likely to travel to Manchester, is no longer the butterfingered version who dropped a shot from a grateful Lee Bowyer when Milan last played an English club in this competition, Leeds United.
  • Helping the cause were the butterfingered Hawks, who coughed it up 25 times…

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Syllabification: but·ter·fin·gers

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