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mid-15c., "turned the wrong way," from Old Norse afugr "turned backwards, wrong, contrary," from Proto-Germanic *afug-, from PIE *apu-ko-, from root *apo- "off, away" (see apo-). Obsolete since 17c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • But, oh dear, it's awk'ard this 'ere Twelfth bein' fixed of a Sunday!

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  • Things is awk'ard, and Sir Thomas, they say, isn't best pleased.

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  • "Bill's considered ruther an awk'ard customer," remarked Dick.

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  • She allus was awk'ard in stays, but she never missed them yet.

  • That awk'ard—why, he can't finish off a glass rod without break-in' it, or burning himself!

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  • And therewithal Sir Tristram strode unto him and took his lady from him, and with an awk stroke he smote off her head clean.

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