Definition of klutz in English:

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Pronunciation: /kləts/


informal, chiefly North American
A clumsy, awkward, or foolish person.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • Almost fell in Dunkin’ Donuts because the silver sandals are slippery and I'm a klutz.
stumblebum, butterfingers;
oaf, schlub, galoot, lug, lummox, boor, ape



Example sentences
  • How many times are you going to make me relive my own klutziness?
  • After I speculated about my incredible stupidity and klutziness I stumbled into my room and managed to throw on a skirt and a top before a throbbing pain took over my head.
  • But the humor of Da Ali G Show runs deeper than the malapropisms and awkward klutziness of the characters would seem to indicate.


Pronunciation: /ˈklətsē/
Example sentences
  • This New York comedy teams him with Sandra Bullock, in full ditzy, klutzy mode: pushing the hair out of her eyes, being distracted, falling over things, etc.
  • No, I've actually never seen her do anything that's klutzy, she seems pretty poised.
  • I've always been kind of a klutzy person.


1960s: from Yiddish klots 'wooden block'.

Words that rhyme with klutz

futz, Smuts

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Syllabification: klutz

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