Definition for awkward

adjective as in difficult to handle

adjective as in embarrassing

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Example Sentences

It’s the first time I’ve read a book where every sentence is cowritten, and it didn’t feel awkward at all.

From Fortune

The painful consequence of that will be a clunky, suboptimal transposition of the physical to the virtual, right down—one fears—to an awkward videoconference cocktail hour.

From Fortune

You can also stretch one app across both screens, but it’s unsightly and awkward to have your content sliced down the middle with a big blank bar.

From Fortune

The latest service disruptions come at an awkward time for Robinhood.

From Fortune

Except that it’ll be rooted in awkward, funny and compelling reality.

From Ozy

The squabble was also immortalized in this incredibly awkward family portrait.

The rapper was one such panelist, forced upon Gregory for an excruciatingly awkward roundtable segment.

Some immediately treated the young rapper as a punchline, turning his awkward posture in the photo into a meme.

He sketched it quickly, his hand trembling, giving the drawing an awkward, palsied look.

By two-thirty on the first afternoon at his house, I long for a cup of coffee but feel awkward about asking.

The moment was an awkward one, and Cynthia wished madly that she had not been prompted to ask that unfortunate question.

This was no strange sight to the boy by that time, but it was awkward in the circumstances, for he had neither gun nor spear.

Finally, his predicament became so awkward that an expression of distress crept into his face.

Meyer Isaacson said nothing; and, after a silence that was awkward, Nigel changed the conversation, and not long after went away.

Perhaps that made it awkward for him, as he was not accustomed to having his wife in such close proximity with him daily.


On this page you'll find 200 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to awkward, such as: amateurish, rude, stiff, all thumbs, artless, and blundering.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.