Awkward definitions

ôk'wərd
Not graceful; ungainly.
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Not dexterous; clumsy.
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Not having grace or skill; clumsy, as in form or movement; bungling.

An awkward dancer, an awkward style.

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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.

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Difficult to handle or manage.

An awkward bundle to carry.

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Difficult to effect; uncomfortable.

An awkward pose.

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Marked by or causing embarrassment or discomfort.

An awkward remark; an awkward silence.

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Requiring great tact, ingenuity, skill, and discretion.

An awkward situation arose during the peace talks.

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Inconvenient to use; hard to handle; unwieldy.

An awkward tool.

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Inconvenient; uncomfortable; cramped.

An awkward position.

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Showing or resulting from lack of social poise; embarrassed or embarrassing.

An awkward remark.

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Not easy to deal with; delicate.

An awkward situation.

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Perverse or untoward.
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(obsolete) In a backwards direction.
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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.

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Not easily managed or effected; embarrassing.

That was an extremely awkward moment. Everyone was watching.

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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.

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Perverse; adverse; difficult to handle.

He's a right awkward chap.

These cabinets are going to be very awkward when we move.

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Clumsily or unskillfully performed.

The opera was marred by an awkward aria.

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Origin of awkward

Middle English awkeward in the wrong way awke wrong (from Old Norse öfugr backward apo- in Indo-European roots) -ward -ward