klutz

Definitions

  • "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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