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adjective, gawk·i·er, gawk·i·est.
  1. awkward; ungainly; clumsy.
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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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Related Words

awkward, gauche, loutish, lumbering, lumpish, lumpy, maladroit, oafish, rude, rustic, uncouth, ungainly, bumbling, clownish, splay

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adjective gawkier or gawkiest
  1. clumsy or ungainly; awkward
  2. West Yorkshire dialect left-handed
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Derived Formsgawkily or gawkishly, adverbgawkiness or gawkishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for gawky


"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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