[ gaw-kee ]
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adjective,gawk·i·er, gawk·i·est.
  1. awkward; ungainly; clumsy.

Origin of gawky

First recorded in 1715–25; gawk + -y1
  • Also gawk·ish [gaw-kish]. /ˈgɔ kɪʃ/.

Other words from gawky

  • gawk·i·ly, gawk·ish·ly, adverb
  • gawk·i·ness, gawk·ish·ness, noun

Words Nearby gawky Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use gawky in a sentence

  • 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!

British Dictionary definitions for gawky



/ (ˈɡɔːkɪ) /

adjectivegawkier or gawkiest
  1. clumsy or ungainly; awkward

  2. West Yorkshire dialect left-handed

Derived forms of gawky

  • gawkily or gawkishly, adverb
  • gawkiness or gawkishness, noun

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