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Meaning of AWKWARD

Pronunciation:  'okwurd

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  not at ease socially; unsure and constrained in manner; "awkward and reserved at parties"; "ill at ease among eddies of people he didn't know"; "was always uneasy with strangers"
  2. [adj]  causing inconvenience; "they arrived at an awkward time"
  3. [adj]  hard to deal with; especially causing pain or embarrassment; "awkward (or embarrassing or difficult) moments in the discussion"; "an awkward pause followed his remark"; "a sticky question"; "in the unenviable position of resorting to an act he had planned to save for the climax of the campaign"
  4. [adj]  not elegant or graceful in expression; "an awkward prose style"; "a clumsy apology"; "his cumbersome writing style"; "if the rumor is true, can anything be more inept than to repeat it now?"
  5. [adj]  lacking grace or skill in manner or movement or performance; "an awkward dancer"; "an awkward gesture"; "too awkward with a needle to make her own clothes"; "his clumsy fingers produced an awkward knot"
  6. [adj]  difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape; "an awkward bundle to carry"; "a load of bunglesome paraphernalia"; "clumsy wooden shoes"; "the cello, a rather ungainly instrument for a girl"

AWKWARD is a 7 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: bunglesome, clumsy, clunky, cumbersome, difficult, embarrassing, gawky, graceless, hard, ill at ease(p), ill-chosen, inapt, inconvenient, inept, infelicitous, labored, laboured, sticky, strained, uncomfortable, uneasy, unenviable, ungainly, ungraceful, unmanageable, unwieldy, wooden
 Antonyms: graceful
 See Also: maladroit, ugly



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Awk"ward\, a. [Awk + -ward.]
1. 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.

         And dropped an awkward courtesy.      --Dryden.

2. Not easily managed or effected; embarrassing.

         A long and awkward process.           --Macaulay.

         An awkward affair is one that has gone wrong, and is
         difficult to adjust.                  --C. J. Smith.

3. Perverse; adverse; untoward. [Obs.] ``Awkward
   casualties.'' ``Awkward wind.'' --Shak.

         O blind guides, which being of an awkward religion,
         do strain out a gnat, and swallow up a cancel.

Syn: Ungainly; unhandy; clownish; lubberly; gawky; maladroit;
     bungling; inelegant; ungraceful; unbecoming.

Usage: {Awkward}, {Clumsy}, {Uncouth}. Awkward has a special
       reference to outward deportment. A man is clumsy in
       his whole person, he is awkward in his gait and the
       movement of his limbs. Clumsiness is seen at the first
       view. Awkwardness is discovered only when a person
       begins to move. Hence the expressions, a clumsy
       appearance, and an awkward manner. When we speak
       figuratively of an awkward excuse, we think of a want
       of ease and grace in making it; when we speak of a
       clumsy excuse, we think of the whole thing as coarse
       and stupid. We apply the term uncouth most frequently
       to that which results from the want of instruction or
       training; as, uncouth manners; uncouth language. --
       {Awk"ward*ly}, adv. -- {Awk"ward*ness}, n.

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