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But in place of gawkiness and grunts, the golden virtue of silence, and the conscious pride of natural dignity.

It's "raw-bone" and gawkiness has swept things before it, and has built up great things in all times.

And it was only a certain gaucherie, a gawkiness on Anna's part that irritated her against the girl.

How a young lover made ridiculous by the gawkiness of modern costume must envy the picturesque gallants of seventy years ago!

In another year he would doubtless lose all his gawkiness and become quite a gallant.

WORD ORIGIN

"awkward, ungainly," 1724, from gawk hand "left hand" (1703), perhaps a contraction of gaulick, thus "gaulish hand," derogatory slang that could have originated during some period of strained Anglo-French relations, i.e. most of recorded history.

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