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[gaw-kee] /ˈgɔ ki/
adjective, gawkier, gawkiest.
awkward; ungainly; clumsy.
Also, gawkish
[gaw-kish] /ˈgɔ kɪʃ/ (Show IPA)
Origin of gawky
First recorded in 1715-25; gawk + -y1
Related forms
gawkily, gawkishly, adverb
gawkiness, gawkishness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for gawkiness
Historical Examples
  • But in place of gawkiness and grunts, the golden virtue of silence, and the conscious pride of natural dignity.

  • 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!

  • In another year he would doubtless lose all his gawkiness and become quite a gallant.

    A Love Episode Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for gawkiness


adjective gawkier, gawkiest
clumsy or ungainly; awkward
(West Yorkshire, dialect) left-handed
Derived Forms
gawkily, gawkishly, adverb
gawkiness, gawkishness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for gawkiness



Awkward; ill-coordinated (1759+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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