An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (physically awkward)
a. torpe
I dropped my ice cream. I'm so clumsy.Se me cayó el helado. Soy tan torpe.
b. patoso
Regionalism used in 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
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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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (person, movement)
a. torpe
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clumsy [ˈklʌmzɪ]
clumsier (comparative)clumsiest (superlative)
1 (awkward) [+person, action] torpe; patoso; [+movement] torpe; desgarbado; [+remark, apology] torpe; poco delicado; [+tool] pesado; difícil de manejar
2 (crudely made) [+painting, forgery] tosco; chapucero
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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