adjective, gawk·i·er, gawk·i·est.
Origin of gawky
Examples from the Web for gawkiness
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
In another year he would doubtless lose all his gawkiness and become quite a gallant.A Love Episode|Emile Zola
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
But in place of gawkiness and grunts, the golden virtue of silence, and the conscious pride of natural dignity.Islam Her Moral And Spiritual Value|Arthur Glyn Leonard
How a young lover made ridiculous by the gawkiness of modern costume must envy the picturesque gallants of seventy years ago!Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow|Jerome K. Jerome
adjective gawkier or gawkiest
"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.