- "clumsy, slow-witted...person" (Rosten)
- "Oh Rachel, you dropped it again! You're such a klutz."
Languages of Origin
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)
The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)
This word has become so entrenched in American English that most people do not realize it was borrowed from Yiddish.
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