[ gaw-kee ]
/ ˈgɔ ki /

adjective, gawk·i·er, gawk·i·est.

awkward; ungainly; clumsy.

Words nearby gawky

Also gawk·ish [gaw-kish] /ˈgɔ kɪʃ/.

Origin of gawky

First recorded in 1715–25; gawk + -y1


gawk·i·ly, gawk·ish·ly, adverbgawk·i·ness, gawk·ish·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for gawkish

  • Bridget may have been a gawk, but she did two things which were not gawkish.

    The Manxman|Hall Caine
  • Kellner and a gawkish Great Dane led me sheet and all to what I thought would be the operating room.

    Cue for Quiet|Thomas L. Sherred

British Dictionary definitions for gawkish



/ (ˈɡɔːkɪ) /

adjective gawkier or gawkiest

clumsy or ungainly; awkward
West Yorkshire dialect left-handed

Derived forms of gawky

gawkily or gawkishly, adverbgawkiness or gawkishness, noun
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