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I was writing something in English when the word clumsy came to my mind to describe a French concept "inélégant". However, I use clumsy to describe an object and I am not sure it is appropriate. Here is the beginning of the sentence:

While active tags are big and clumsy

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green dreams can sleep furiously –  Matt Эллен Mar 2 '12 at 16:10
    
I have no problem with "clumsy." You might want to consider changing "big," though. "Big" is a rather weak and imprecise adjective; I'm confident you could be more descriptive and improve the sentence at the same time. –  J.R. Mar 2 '12 at 16:23
    
Thank for the advice, what do you think about:"While active tags are outsized and clumsy, passive counterparts are unobtrusive and can even be built-in the object. " –  Zonata Mar 2 '12 at 16:27
    
General reference. –  FumbleFingers Mar 2 '12 at 16:36
    
@Zonata: I think I like "oversized" better than "outsized," but, quite frankly, I don't know enough about active tags to provide a definitive answer. How about "unnecessarily large" - might that work? –  J.R. Mar 2 '12 at 17:12
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Yes, I think people refer to objects as "clumsy" all the time. Like, "The furniture box was big and clumsy." "COBOL is a clumsy language." Etc.

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+1 for COBOL reference. –  hydroparadise Mar 2 '12 at 22:17
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Yes, objects can be "clumsy". Merriam-Webster includes this definition:

2: awkward or inefficient in use or construction : unwieldy

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Clumsy is fine. Cumbersome comes to mind too.

dialect : burdensome, troublesome

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