awkward; ungainly; clumsy.
- Also gawk·ish [gaw-kish]. /ˈgɔ kɪʃ/.
- gawk·i·ly, gawk·ish·ly, adverb
- gawk·i·ness, gawk·ish·ness, noun
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How to use gawky in a sentence
At the time, Watson was an arrogant, gawky 22-year-old, working as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Copenhagen.One of the Most Egregious Ripoffs in the History of Science - Issue 107: The Edge | Kevin Berger | October 20, 2021 | Nautilus
The young lady, a gawky girl of 13, was a distant cousin whose father had recently become King Emperor.How Prince Philip Became Queen Elizabeth's Unlikely Husband | Lily Rothman | April 9, 2021 | Time
The Movement: Julia had this gawky awkwardness, which Streep picks up.
He was reminded of the flight of time only by the growth of his son—a gawky, long-limbed boy.The Pioneers | Katharine Susannah Prichard
Mediocrity had only seen the gawky stripling, with his moonstruck air, and pestilent habit of trying some new crotchet.Heroes of the Telegraph | J. Munro
It sets up a gawky fellow to find a girl who ain't ashamed to be seen walking with him Sundays.Tales Of Men And Ghosts | Edith Wharton
Three big, gawky helmet-headed beetles next followed, bearing rice-sprouts, with full heads of rice.Japanese Fairy World | William Elliot Griffis
But who would ever have imagined that that gawky shock-headed American boy had really got so much romance in him!Babylon, Volume 2 (of 3) | Grant Allen
British Dictionary definitions for gawky
clumsy or ungainly; awkward
West Yorkshire dialect left-handed
- gawkily or gawkishly, adverb
- gawkiness or gawkishness, noun
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