gawky

[ gaw-kee ]
/ ˈgɔ ki /

adjective, gawk·i·er, gawk·i·est.

awkward; ungainly; clumsy.

Nearby words

  1. gawain,
  2. gawain, sir,
  3. gawk,
  4. gawkish,
  5. gawkishly,
  6. gawp,
  7. gawra,
  8. gawsy,
  9. gay,
  10. gay gordons

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

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British Dictionary definitions for gawkiness

gawky

gawkish

/ (ˈɡɔːkɪ) /

adjective gawkier or gawkiest

clumsy or ungainly; awkward
West Yorkshire dialect left-handed
Derived Formsgawkily or gawkishly, adverbgawkiness or gawkishness, noun

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Word Origin and History for gawkiness

gawky

adj.

"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.

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