Clumsy and Inept


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Clumsy adjective – Lacking or showing a lack of nimbleness in using one's hands.
Usage example: diamond cutting is no job for a clumsy person

Inept is a synonym for clumsy in awkward topic. In some cases you can use "Inept" instead an adjective "Clumsy", when it comes to topics like bungling, characteristic, ability, bumbling. popular alternative
Nearby Words: clumsiness, clumsily
Synonyms for Clumsy


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Inept adjective – Showing or marked by a lack of skill and tact (as in dealing with a situation).
Usage example: an inept effort to become friends with their future son-in-law

Clumsy is a synonym for inept in incompetent topic. You can use "Clumsy" instead an adjective "Inept", if it concerns topics such as characteristic, ability, bumbling, bungling. popular alternative
Nearby Words: ineptitude, ineptly
Synonyms for Inept

Things that words describes

person clumsy person inept person
manner clumsy manner inept manner
character clumsy character inept character
guy clumsy guy inept guy
Other nouns: boy, attempt, job, use, genius, assistant, monkey, loser, dragon, witch, officer, soldier, hands, efforts, attempts.

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  • At some point in the story the character may lose it (or someone else does) and rapidly become inept or clumsy at whatever he usually did with ease, while everyone would notice something is 'off' about him.
    Source: Charm Point
  • The intent is to show either that the characters are hopelessly inept or clumsy (in which case it will probably include moments of Epic Fail or How Is That Even Possible?), or that the task is extremely difficult.
  • The Parole Officer was a 2001 film starring Steve Coogan as Simon Garden, a clumsy, socially-inept parole officer who witnesses a murder.
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