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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 gawkish
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  • Bridget may have been a gawk, but she did two things which were not gawkish.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • Kellner and a gawkish Great Dane led me sheet and all to what I thought would be the operating room.

    Cue for Quiet Thomas L. Sherred
British Dictionary definitions for gawkish


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 gawkish



"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 gawkish



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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