- lacking skill or dexterity.
- lacking grace or ease in movement: an awkward gesture; an awkward dancer.
- lacking social graces or manners: a simple, awkward frontiersman.
- not well planned or designed for easy or effective use: an awkward instrument; an awkward method.
- requiring caution; somewhat hazardous: an awkward turn in the road.
- hard to deal with; difficult; requiring skill, tact, or the like: an awkward situation; an awkward customer.
- embarrassing or inconvenient; caused by lack of social grace: an awkward moment.
- Obsolete. untoward; perverse.
Origin of awkward
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Examples from the Web for awkwardly
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When Don bails the next day, and Amy awkwardly bounces, Megan is once again left all alone, and frustrated.Mad Men’s ‘The Runaways’: Three-Way Sex and Self-Mutilation in the Craziest Episode Yet
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Awkwardly for Clinton, those critics may number more and more of the people whose support brought her as far as she has come.Hillary Clinton’s Iran Trap
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"I had not thought that you had taken it so amiss," said he awkwardly.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
The situation was awkward, and awkwardly he got himself out of it.Quaint Courtships
"He says he wants to see you—to—to have it out with you," said Marcia, awkwardly.The Coryston Family
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Smith swung out as awkwardly as a turkey on a chopping block.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
The needle was diligently but awkwardly plied in this pause.
- lacking dexterity, proficiency, or skill; clumsy; ineptthe new recruits were awkward in their exercises
- ungainly or inelegant in movements or posturedespite a great deal of practice she remained an awkward dancer
- unwieldy; difficult to usean awkward implement
- embarrassingan awkward moment
- embarrassedhe felt awkward about leaving
- difficult to deal with; requiring tactan awkward situation; an awkward customer
- deliberately uncooperative or unhelpfulhe could help but he is being awkward
- dangerous or difficultan awkward ascent of the ridge
- obsolete perverse
C14 awk, from Old Norse öfugr turned the wrong way round + -ward
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Word Origin and History for awkwardly
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