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gawky

[ gaw-kee ]SEE DEFINITION OF gawky

Synonyms for gawky

  • awkward
  • bumbling
  • clownish
  • gauche
  • loutish
  • lumbering
  • lumpish
  • lumpy
  • maladroit
  • oafish
  • rude
  • rustic
  • splay
  • uncouth
  • ungainly
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Antonyms for gawky

  • athletic
  • graceful
  • lithe
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GAWKY

Seymore Wilson, 3a3b4c3b, 8ca: He is a gawky, love-sick youth.

But we must all go through the gawky age; we must each of us take our turn.

Shea (the judge) was just as good and graceful, as he (the member) was bad and gawky.

And a person is never surprised at anything that a girl at the "gawky age" does.

Fries nuvver was no good for nobody 35 at the gawky age, nohow.

I may as well say at once that I don't intend to take a pale, gawky girl about with me.

The niece, rustic and gawky; the companion sour and frumpish.

I never kissed her, as I intended, but I stood staring like a gawky.

What could she say to this gawky youth, whose face she could not even see?

Damn them, I am sick of these gawky, long-legged, half-civilized recruits!

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.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR GAWKY

awkward

adjectiveclumsy, inelegant

gangly

adjectivegangling
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