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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


Synonymsclumsiness


Broader (hypernym)bearing, carriage, posture


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


Antonymsgracefulness

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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