- The definition of awkward is someone who is clumsy or a situation which is uncomfortable.
- 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 of awkwardMiddle English aukward ; from Old Norse ǫfugr, 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 &odie;fugr, 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.