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Also gawk·ish [gaw-kish] /ˈgɔ kɪʃ/.

Origin of gawky

First recorded in 1715–25; gawk + -y1
Related formsgawk·i·ly, gawk·ish·ly, adverbgawk·i·ness, gawk·ish·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for gawkiness

Historical Examples of gawkiness

  • But in place of gawkiness and grunts, the golden virtue of silence, and the conscious pride of natural dignity.

  • It's "raw-bone" and gawkiness has swept things before it, and has built up great things in all times.

    How to Read Human Nature

    William Walker Atkinson

  • And it was only a certain gaucherie, a gawkiness on Anna's part that irritated her against the girl.

    The Rainbow

    D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence

  • How a young lover made ridiculous by the gawkiness of modern costume must envy the picturesque gallants of seventy years ago!

  • In another year he would doubtless lose all his gawkiness and become quite a gallant.

    A Love Episode

    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for gawkiness



adjective gawkier or gawkiest
  1. clumsy or ungainly; awkward
  2. West Yorkshire dialect left-handed
Derived Formsgawkily or gawkishly, adverbgawkiness or gawkishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for gawkiness



"awkward, ungainly," 1724, from gawk hand "left hand" (1703), perhaps a contraction of gaulick, thus "gaulish hand," derogatory slang that could have originated during some period of strained Anglo-French relations, i.e. most of recorded history.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper