I found that it means "awkward, clumsy". I was wondering if it may has other meanings? I would also appreciate giving examples on how the word is used. (The more, the better.) Thank you

edit: Can it be used to say that a person is hard to deal with?

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    You could go to jisho.org or google the term if you are looking for usage/meaning help.
    – ajsmart
    Feb 16, 2018 at 19:38
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    A few sentence examples with both 器用 and 不器用
    – BJCUAI
    Feb 16, 2018 at 20:03

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不器用な人 can mean two things depending on the context:

  1. a person who is not good at detailed work (cannot properly handle knives or drivers, drops things often, etc)
  2. a person who is not good at communicating with others or managing human relationships (especially in romantic contexts) EDIT: Basically 不器用な人 is a negative word, but it may refer to an honest and straight person who does not rely on frivolous communication skills.

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