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"Clumsy" is an adjective which is often translated as "torpe", and "awkward" is an adjective which is also often translated as "torpe". Learn more about the difference between "clumsy" and "awkward" below.
clumsy(
kluhm
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zi
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (physically awkward)
a. torpe
That's the third plate you've broken this week. You're so clumsy!Ese es el tercer plato que has roto esta semana. ¡Qué torpe eres!
b. patoso
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
They never used to pick me for sports teams because I was so clumsy.Nunca me elegían para los equipos de deporte porque era muy patoso.
c. desgarbado
He's only 16, so he still has that clumsy way of walking.Solo tiene 16 años, así que sigue con esa forma desgarbada de andar.
2. (socially awkward)
a. torpe
My brother can be a little clumsy at parties.Mi hermano puede ser un poco torpe en las fiestas.
b. patoso
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
She's pretty shy and a bit clumsy when she talks to guys.Es bastante tímida y algo patosa cuando habla con los chicos.
c. burdo
They didn't find his clumsy attempts at humor to be very funny.No les hizo ninguna gracia sus burdos intentos de humor.
3. (primitive)
a. tosco
His armor was ill-fitting, and he was wielding a large, clumsy sword.Le quedaba mal la armadura y empuñaba una espada grande y tosca.
b. chapucero
He didn't have a lot of time, so he had to settle for a clumsy temporary fix.No tenía mucho tiempo, así que tuvo que contentarse con un arreglo temporáneo y chapucero.
4. (ineffective)
a. burdo
The management of the project has been disorganized and clumsy.La administración del proyecto ha sido desordenada y burda.
b. chapucero
The way they tried to handle the problem was quite clumsy.La manera en que intentaron manejar el problema fue bastante chapucera.
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awkward(
ak
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wuhrd
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (clumsy)
a. torpe
Richard is so awkward. He's always tripping over his own feet.Richard es muy torpe; siempre anda tropezándose.
b. poco elegante
Adriana is an awkward dancer.Adriana es una bailarina poco elegante.
2. (difficult to handle)
a. incómodo (tool)
Some of these tools are awkward to handle.Algunas de estas herramientas son incómodas de manejar.
b. aparatoso (machine or size)
The first cameras were large and awkward machines.Las primeras cámaras eran máquinas grandes y aparatosas.
3. (inappropriate)
a. inoportuno (time or moment)
He walked in on them while they were kissing. How awkward!Entró y los sorprendió besándose. ¡Qué inoportuno!
b. incómodo (ride or position)
The tourists had an awkward ride into town in a pick-up.Los turistas hicieron un incómodo viaje al pueblo en una camioneta.
4. (embarrassing)
a. incómodo
He felt awkward being their leader since he was the youngest one in the group.Se sentía incómodo siendo su líder, ya que era el más joven del grupo.
b. embarazoso
There was an awkward silence in the room after they shouted at each other.Hubo un silencio embarazoso en la sala después de que se gritaran.
c. violento
It was very awkward when my pants split at my in-laws' house.Fue muy violento cuando se me rompió el pantalón en casa de mis suegros.
d. delicado
Asking your boss for a raise can be awkward.Pedirle un aumento a tu jefe puede ser delicado.
5. (troublesome)
a. difícil
Peter is an awkward cuss. Be careful with him.Peter es un tipo difícil. Ten cuidado con él.
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