awk

adj.

mid-15c., "turned the wrong way," from Old Norse afugr "turned backwards, wrong, contrary," from Proto-Germanic *afug-, from PIE *apu-ko-, from root *apo- "off, away" (see apo-). Obsolete since 17c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for awk

Contemporary Examples of awk

  • Recently, AWK had reportedly had harsh words for Mohammad, calling him a “motherf----r” in public several times.

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    The Fallout from the AWK Murder

    Sami Yousafzai, Ron Moreau

    July 14, 2011

  • AWK had appointed him as a local police commander who headed some 200 tough gunmen, and who had worked for AWK for seven years.

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    The Fallout from the AWK Murder

    Sami Yousafzai, Ron Moreau

    July 14, 2011

  • The source says that AWK had a “chilly” personality and had a quick-boiling temper.

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    The Fallout from the AWK Murder

    Sami Yousafzai, Ron Moreau

    July 14, 2011

  • In U.S. military and diplomatic circles, he is simply known as AWK.

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    Can Karzai's Brother Help?

    Elise Jordan

    May 9, 2010

Historical Examples of awk

  • But, oh dear, it's awk'ard this 'ere Twelfth bein' fixed of a Sunday!

    The History of "Punch"

    M. H. Spielmann

  • Things is awk'ard, and Sir Thomas, they say, isn't best pleased.

    Ayala's Angel

    Anthony Trollope

  • "Bill's considered ruther an awk'ard customer," remarked Dick.

    David Harum

    Edward Noyes Westcott

  • She allus was awk'ard in stays, but she never missed them yet.

  • That awk'ard—why, he can't finish off a glass rod without break-in' it, or burning himself!

    Joyce's Investments

    Fannie E. Newberry