- awkward; ungainly; clumsy.
Origin of gawky
Examples from the Web for gawkiness
But in place of gawkiness and grunts, the golden virtue of silence, and the conscious pride of natural dignity.Islam Her Moral And Spiritual Value
Arthur Glyn Leonard
It's "raw-bone" and gawkiness has swept things before it, and has built up great things in all times.How to Read Human Nature
William Walker Atkinson
And it was only a certain gaucherie, a gawkiness on Anna's part that irritated her against the girl.The Rainbow
D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
How a young lover made ridiculous by the gawkiness of modern costume must envy the picturesque gallants of seventy years ago!Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow
Jerome K. Jerome
In another year he would doubtless lose all his gawkiness and become quite a gallant.A Love Episode
- clumsy or ungainly; awkward
- West Yorkshire dialect left-handed
Word Origin and History for gawkiness
"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.