Origin of awkward
Examples from the Web for awkward
Some immediately treated the young rapper as a punchline, turning his awkward posture in the photo into a meme.
He sketched it quickly, his hand trembling, giving the drawing an awkward, palsied look.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
ME3M was like online sex without the sex: seedy, dehumanized, segmented, and awkward—yet often still erotic.Sneer and Clothing in Miami: Inside The $3 Billion Woodstock of Contemporary Art|Jay Michaelson|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He entered in an awkward alliance with Lapid to join the government but quickly distanced himself from it.Goodbye to Israel’s Lousy Government (Let’s Hope the Next One Isn’t Worse)|Alon Ben-Meir|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Hangover star, currently in the critically acclaimed Birdman, certainly knows how to bring the funny as well as the awkward.
The position was an awkward one, and Winthrope weighed thirty or forty pounds more than Miss Leslie.Into the Primitive|Robert Ames Bennet
She thought it was because she was so plain and awkward—and in part it was.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922|Lucy Maud Montgomery
Attempting to remount, I was as stiff and awkward as an octogenarian, and my restive mule would not stand for a moment.The Secret Service.|Albert D. Richardson
She said it with an awkward flush; for Dick caught her eye as she spoke, and read her inner meaning.Blood Royal|Grant Allen
Experience proves that an awkward ungainly style of shooting is very seldom successful.The Theory and Practice of Archery|Horace Ford
Word Origin for awkward
mid-14c., "in the wrong direction," from awk "back-handed" + adverbial suffix -weard (see -ward). Meaning "clumsy" first recorded 1520s. Related: Awkwardly. Other formations from awk, none of them surviving, were awky, awkly, awkness.