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
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.
"Bill's considered ruther an awk'ard customer," remarked Dick.David Harum|Edward Noyes Westcott
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
She allus was awk'ard in stays, but she never missed them yet.Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood|George MacDonald
Things is awk'ard, and Sir Thomas, they say, isn't best pleased.Ayala's Angel|Anthony Trollope
Yes, an' yit Hugh's throwed him fair jest by main strength an' awk'ardness.Gideon's Band|George W. Cable