The definition of awkward is someone who is clumsy or a situation which is uncomfortable.adjective
- 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.
- 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
- Obsolete perverse or untoward
Origin: ME aukward < ON ǫfugr, turned backward + OE -weard, -ward
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- 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: Middle English awkeward, in the wrong way : awke, wrong (from Old Norse fugr, backward; see apo- in Indo-European roots) + -ward, -ward.
- awkˈward·ly adverb
- awkˈward·ness noun