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English noun: awkwardness

1. awkwardness (cognition) unskillfulness resulting from a lack of training

Synonymsclumsiness, ineptitude, ineptness, maladroitness, slowness

Broader (hypernym)unskillfulness

Narrower (hyponym)rustiness

2. awkwardness (attribute) the quality of an embarrassing situation

SamplesHe sensed the awkwardness of his proposal.

Synonymsnuisance value

Broader (hypernym)disadvantage

3. awkwardness (attribute) the carriage of someone whose movements and posture are ungainly or inelegant


Broader (hypernym)bearing, carriage, posture

Narrower (hyponym)gawkiness, gracelessness, stiffness, ungainliness, ungracefulness


4. awkwardness (attribute) the inelegance of someone stiff and unrelaxed (as by embarrassment)

Synonymsclumsiness, gracelessness, stiffness

Broader (hypernym)inelegance

Narrower (hyponym)gaucherie, rusticity, woodenness

5. awkwardness (attribute) trouble in carrying or managing caused by bulk or shape

SamplesThe movers cursed the unwieldiness of the big piano.

Synonymscumbersomeness, unwieldiness

Broader (hypernym)inconvenience, troublesomeness, worriment

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