Origin of awkward
Examples from the Web for awkwardness
In a romantic relationship, facing humiliation or awkwardness is a strong possibility.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating|Ellie Schaack|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Now for the complications and awkwardness, to say nothing of elbows and gossip and rivalries and all that other stuff.
With two Texans in the running as potential candidates, Sessions sought to diffuse any awkwardness.Republicans Panicked After Eric Cantor Loss: ‘This Is Like Robespierre’|Ben Jacobs, Tim Mak|June 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Rather, he dishes up a seemingly endless stream of examples of pettiness, irritation, hypocrisy and awkwardness.Fear And Self-Loathing In Scandinavia: The Fiction Of Karl Ove Knausgaard|Ted Gioia|May 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That is the awkwardness of testifying about intelligence matters in public.Spy Chief James Clapper: We Can’t Stop Another Snowden|Eli Lake|February 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His awkwardness disappeared; and if he was a little bombastic, a little "young," he spoke with the fire of conviction.A Far Country, Complete|Winston Churchill
Ruth bemoaned again her awkwardness in breaking the tea-cups; for now they had to sip the infusion of leaves from cockle-shells.The Kangaroo Hunters|Anne Bowman
The boy's awkwardness seems to infect her, too, for a moment.
There was not the faintest trace of awkwardness about her, yet Shelton could not help a certain sense of shock.The Island Pharisees|John Galsworthy
It seemed to me, looking on with a few others at the door, that there was a kind of awkwardness or constraint among the company.The Lady of Lynn|Walter Besant
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.