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awkward

[ awk-werd ]SEE DEFINITION OF awkward
  • adj.clumsy, inelegant
  • adj.difficult to handle
  • adj.embarrassing

Synonyms for awkward

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Antonyms for awkward

  • adroit
  • artful
  • clever
  • convenient
  • dexterous
  • easy
  • elegant
  • graceful
  • handy
  • skillful
  • straightforward
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR AWKWARD

"It's the way you're treating me," he cried, with a clumsy man's awkward attempt at gesture.

The situation was awkward, and awkwardly he got himself out of it.

Never in my life did I feel so awkward as then, and it was not strange that you ridiculed me so.

In spite of the awkward sun helmet she carried her head imperiously.

The sheep were to be washed and sheared, too, and the awkward, weak-kneed calves to be fed.

He was awkward in his gestures; his arms were too short and his face common.

Everybody had heard the amiable but awkward speech of the Baron.

Tom still hesitated for he felt that he was in an awkward position.

"Should like to know the extent of your interest," muttered Roden, with his awkward laugh.

But when I tried in some awkward way to say this Harry cut me short.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., "in the wrong direction," from awk "back-handed" + adverbial suffix -weard (see -ward). Meaning "clumsy" first recorded 1520s. Related: Awkwardly. Other formations from awk, none of them surviving, were awky, awkly, awkness.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR AWKWARD

affected

adjectivechanged in a bad or artificial way

bumbling

adjectiveunskillful
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