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English adjective: awkward

1. awkward causing inconvenience

SamplesThey arrived at an awkward time.



2. awkward lacking grace or skill in manner or movement or performance

SamplesAn awkward dancer.
An awkward gesture.
Too awkward with a needle to make her own clothes.
His clumsy fingers produced an awkward knot.

Similarclumsy, clunky, gawky, graceless, labored, laboured, strained, ungainly, ungraceful, unwieldy, wooden

See alsomaladroit, ugly


3. awkward difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape

SamplesAn awkward bundle to carry.
A load of bunglesome paraphernalia.
Clumsy wooden shoes.
The cello, a rather ungainly instrument for a girl.

Synonymsbunglesome, clumsy, ungainly

Similarunmanageable, unwieldy


4. awkward not elegant or graceful in expression

SamplesAn awkward prose style.
A clumsy apology.
His cumbersome writing style.
If the rumor is true, can anything be more inept than to repeat it now?.

Synonymsclumsy, cumbersome, ill-chosen, inapt, inept



5. awkward hard to deal with; especially causing pain or embarrassment

SamplesAwkward (or embarrassing or difficult) moments in the discussion.
An awkward pause followed his remark.
A sticky question.
In the unenviable position of resorting to an act he had planned to save for the climax of the campaign.

Synonymsembarrassing, sticky, unenviable

Similardifficult, hard


6. awkward socially uncomfortable; unsure and constrained in manner

SamplesAwkward and reserved at parties.
Ill at ease among eddies of people he didn't know.
Was always uneasy with strangers.

Synonymsill at ease, uneasy



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