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See also: butter fingers
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈbʌtəˌfɪŋɡəz/
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- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈbʌtɚˌfɪŋɡɚz/, [-ɾɚ-]
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- Hyphenation: but‧ter‧fing‧ers
- Someone who tends to drop things; (more generally) someone who is clumsy or uncoordinated; a klutz.
- Synonym: (less common) butterfinger
- I am such a butterfingers. That’s the third drink I’ve spilled today.
- 1836 March – 1837 October, Charles Dickens, “How Mr. Winkle, instead of Shooting at the Pigeon and Killing the Crow, Shot at the Crow and Wounded the Pigeon; […]”, in The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, London: Chapman and Hall, […], published 1837, OCLC 28228280, page 69:
- [A]t every bad attempt at a catch, and every failure to stop the ball, he launched his personal displeasure at the head of the devoted individual in such denunciations as—"Ah, ah!—stupid"—"Now butter-fingers"—"Muff"—"Humbug"—and so forth—ejaculations which seemed to establish him in the opinion of all around, as a most excellent and undeniable judge of the whole art and mystery of the noble game of cricket.
- 1883, Frances I[sabelle] M. Kershaw, “Master Me”, in Baby: A Study of Baby Life, London: Burns and Oates, […], OCLC 48019730, page 95:
- “[…] Please don't handle them [birds’ eggs], Me! They are very fragile, and I would’nt[sic – meaning wouldn’t] lose them for anything.” / “I must hold them—just this once,” persists Me. “Don’t think I shall be such a butter[-]fingers as to break them. I’ve handled heaps of eggs before these!”
- One's fingers which tend to drop things, or are clumsy or uncoordinated.
- A tendency to drop things, or to be clumsy or uncoordinated.
someone who tends to drop things
someone who is clumsy or uncoordinated
one’s fingers which tend to drop things, or are clumsy or uncoordinated
tendency to drop things, or to be clumsy or uncoordinated