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At the time, Watson was an arrogant, gawky 22-year-old, working as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Copenhagen.

The young lady, a gawky girl of 13, was a distant cousin whose father had recently become King Emperor.

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The Movement: Julia had this gawky awkwardness, which Streep picks up.

He was reminded of the flight of time only by the growth of his son—a gawky, long-limbed boy.

Mediocrity had only seen the gawky stripling, with his moonstruck air, and pestilent habit of trying some new crotchet.

It sets up a gawky fellow to find a girl who ain't ashamed to be seen walking with him Sundays.

Three big, gawky helmet-headed beetles next followed, bearing rice-sprouts, with full heads of rice.

But who would ever have imagined that that gawky shock-headed American boy had really got so much romance in him!


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On this page you'll find 32 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to gawky, such as: awkward, bumbling, clownish, gauche, loutish, and lumbering.

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