Definition of Awkward

1. Adjective. Causing inconvenience. "They arrived at an awkward time"

Similar to: Inconvenient



2. Adjective. Lacking grace or skill in manner or movement or performance. "His clumsy fingers produced an awkward knot"

3. Adjective. Difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape. "The cello, a rather ungainly instrument for a girl"
Exact synonyms: Bunglesome, Clumsy, Ungainly
Similar to: Unmanageable, Unwieldy
Derivative terms: Awkwardness

4. Adjective. Not elegant or graceful in expression. "If the rumor is true, can anything be more inept than to repeat it now?"
Exact synonyms: Clumsy, Cumbersome, Ill-chosen, Inapt, Inept
Similar to: Infelicitous
Derivative terms: Awkwardness, Clumsiness, Inaptness, Ineptness

5. Adjective. Hard to deal with; especially causing pain or embarrassment. "In the unenviable position of resorting to an act he had planned to save for the climax of the campaign"
Exact synonyms: Embarrassing, Sticky, Unenviable
Similar to: Difficult, Hard
Derivative terms: Awkwardness

6. Adjective. Socially uncomfortable; unsure and constrained in manner. "Was always uneasy with strangers"
Exact synonyms: Ill At Ease, Uneasy
Similar to: Uncomfortable
Derivative terms: Awkwardness, Uneasiness, Uneasiness

Definition of Awkward

1. a. Wanting dexterity in the use of the hands, or of instruments; not dexterous; without skill; clumsy; wanting ease, grace, or effectiveness in movement; ungraceful; as, he was awkward at a trick; an awkward boy.

Definition of Awkward

1. Adverb. (obsolete) In a backwards direction. ¹

2. Adjective. Lacking dexterity in the use of the hands, or of instruments ¹

3. Adjective. Not easily managed or effected; embarrassing ¹

4. Adjective. Lacking social skills, or uncomfortable with social interaction ¹

5. Adjective. Perverse; adverse; difficult to handle ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Awkward

1. lacking skill, dexterity, or grace [adj -WARDER, -WARDEST]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Awkward

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Literary usage of Awkward

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1. The Auk: Quarterly Journal of Ornithology by American Ornithologists' Union, Nuttall Ornithological Club (1884)
"That this journal is the awkward organ of the AOU (These two species, with all possible subspecies, for sale cheap at this office.) 3. ..."

2. The Life of Benvenuto Cellini by Benvenuto Cellini (1920)
"His poetry suffers naturally more than his prose from awkward incoherences. He rhymed with difficulty; frequently tripped in rhythm and accent; and affected ..."

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