- A person who is uncoordinated is an example of a person who is awkward.
- If you are with someone and neither of you can think of anything to say, that is an example of an awkward silence.
The definition of awkward is someone who is clumsy or a situation which is uncomfortable.
- not having grace or skill; clumsy, as in form or movement; bungling: an awkward dancer, an awkward style
- inconvenient to use; hard to handle; unwieldy: an awkward tool
- inconvenient; uncomfortable; cramped: an awkward position
- showing or resulting from lack of social poise; embarrassed or embarrassing: an awkward remark
- not easy to deal with; delicate: an awkward situation
- Obs. perverse or untoward
Origin of awkwardMiddle English aukward from Old Norse ?fugr, turned backward + Old English -weard, -ward
- Not graceful; ungainly.
- a. Not dexterous; clumsy.b. Clumsily or unskillfully performed: The opera was marred by an awkward aria.
- a. Difficult to handle or manage: an awkward bundle to carry.b. Difficult to effect; uncomfortable: an awkward pose.
- a. Marked by or causing embarrassment or discomfort: an awkward remark; an awkward silence.b. Requiring great tact, ingenuity, skill, and discretion: An awkward situation arose during the peace talks.
Origin of awkwardMiddle English awkeward in the wrong way awke wrong ( from Old Norse öfugr backward ; see apo- in Indo-European roots.) -ward -ward
(comparative more awkward, superlative most awkward)
- (obsolete) In a backwards direction.
(comparative awkwarder or more awkward, superlative awkwardest or most awkward)
- Lacking dexterity in the use of the hands, or of instruments
- John was awkward at performing the trick. He'll have to practice to improve.
- Not easily managed or effected; embarrassing
- That was an extremely awkward moment. Everyone was watching.
- Lacking social skills, or uncomfortable with social interaction
- I'm very awkward at parties.
- Things get very awkward whenever 60-year old men use cheesy pick-up lines on me.
- Perverse; adverse; difficult to handle
- He's a right awkward chap.
- These cabinets are going to be very awkward when we move.
From awk (“odd, clumsy”) + -ward.