- awkward; ungainly; clumsy.
Also gawk·ish [gaw-kish] /ˈgɔ kɪʃ/.
Origin of gawky
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Related Wordsheavy-handed, bulky, ungainly, unwieldy, inept, ponderous, bungling, dumb, gawky, graceless, half-witted, idiotic, ignorant, inelegant, lumbering, lumpish, moronic, simple, simpleminded, slow
Examples from the Web for gawkish
- clumsy or ungainly; awkward
- West Yorkshire dialect left-handed
Word Origin and History for gawkish
"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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