- awkward; ungainly; clumsy.
Origin of gawky
Examples from the Web for gawky
The Movement: Julia had this gawky awkwardness, which Streep picks up.How Meryl Streep Nailed Her
August 4, 2009
Seymore Wilson, 3a3b4c3b, 8ca: He is a gawky, love-sick youth.A Syllabus of Kentucky Folk-Songs
Hubert G. Shearin
But we must all go through the gawky age; we must each of us take our turn.The Children of Wilton Chase
Mrs. L. T. Meade
Shea (the judge) was just as good and graceful, as he (the member) was bad and gawky.The Letters of Charles Dickens
And a person is never surprised at anything that a girl at the "gawky age" does.
Fries nuvver was no good for nobody 35 at the gawky age, nohow.
- clumsy or ungainly; awkward
- West Yorkshire dialect left-handed
Word Origin and History for gawky
"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.