clumse

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English clumsen, clomsen, cloumsen, from Old Norse *klumsa (compare Old Norse klumsa (lock-jawed)), whence also dialectal Norwegian klumsa (to make speechless or benumbed), dialectal Swedish klumsen (numb with cold). Compare related Low German verklamen, Dutch kleumen, verkleumen, German verklomen.

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clumse (third-person singular simple present clumses, present participle clumsing, simple past and past participle clumsed)

  1. (transitive) To numb; benumb; stiffen or paralyse with cold or fear
  2. (intransitive) To be numb or benumbed; be stiffened or paralysed with cold or fear
  3. (dialectal, Scotland) To die of thirst

Adjective[edit]

clumse (comparative more clumse, superlative most clumse)

  1. benumbed, as with cold
  2. idle; lazy; loutish

Noun[edit]

clumse (plural clumses)

  1. A stupid fellow; numbskull

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