klutz

Pronunciations

klutz (kluhts)

Definitions

  • n. "Clumsy, slow-witted...person." (Rosten)

Example Sentences

  • "Oh Rachel, you dropped it again! You're such a klutz."

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • קלאָץ klots '(wooden) beam'

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
      • Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)

      Regions

      • North America

      Dictionaries

      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

Notes

  • This word has become so entrenched in American English that most people do not realize it was borrowed from Yiddish.

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