lacking skill or dexterity.
lacking grace or ease in movement: an awkward gesture; an awkward dancer.
lacking social graces or manners: a simple, awkward frontiersman.
not well planned or designed for easy or effective use: an awkward instrument; an awkward method.
requiring caution; somewhat hazardous: an awkward turn in the road.
hard to deal with; difficult; requiring skill, tact, or the like: an awkward situation; an awkward customer.
embarrassing or inconvenient; caused by lack of social grace: an awkward moment.
Obsolete. untoward; perverse.
Origin of awkward
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lacking dexterity, proficiency, or skill; clumsy; ineptthe new recruits were awkward in their exercises
ungainly or inelegant in movements or posturedespite a great deal of practice she remained an awkward dancer
unwieldy; difficult to usean awkward implement
embarrassingan awkward moment
embarrassedhe felt awkward about leaving
difficult to deal with; requiring tactan awkward situation; an awkward customer
deliberately uncooperative or unhelpfulhe could help but he is being awkward
dangerous or difficultan awkward ascent of the ridge
Word Origin for awkward
C14 awk, from Old Norse öfugr turned the wrong way round + -ward
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