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.
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.
AWK had appointed him as a local police commander who headed some 200 tough gunmen, and who had worked for AWK for seven years.
The source says that AWK had a “chilly” personality and had a quick-boiling temper.
In U.S. military and diplomatic circles, he is simply known as AWK.Can Karzai's Brother Help?
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
"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.Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood
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