Definition of 'awkward'


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1. Not easily managed or effected; embarrassing

2. Perverse; adverse; difficult to handle

3. Lacking social skills, or uncomfortable with social interaction

4. Lacking dexterity in the use of the hands, or of instruments

5. Not graceful; ungainly.

6. Difficult to effect; uncomfortable.

7. Difficult to handle or manage.

8. Clumsily or unskillfully performed.

9. Requiring great tact, ingenuity, skill, and discretion.

10. Not dexterous; clumsy.

11. Marked by or causing embarrassment or discomfort.

12. obsolete Perverse; adverse; untoward.

13. Not easily managed or effected; embarrassing.

14. Wanting dexterity in the use of the hands, or of instruments; not dexterous; without skill; clumsy; wanting ease, grace, or effectiveness in movement; ungraceful

15. lacking grace or skill in manner or movement or performance

16. causing inconvenience

17. obsolete In a backwards direction.

18. Synonyms and Awkward, Clumsy, Ungainly, Uncouth, Bungling, unhandy, inexpert, unskilful, inapt, lubberly; uncourtly, inelegant, constrained, clownish. Awkward is generally applied to want of ease and grace or skill in bodily movement, especially of the arms or legs: as, an awkward gait; awkward in the use of a tool. Clumsy starts from the notion of heaviness, and consequent unwieldiness or awkwardness in use; it is applicable to the whole body or to any part of it, even when still: as, a clumsy figure; clumsy hands. This difference is also found in the figurative use of the words: a clumsy excuse is one that is put together badly; an awkward excuse is one that may be good, but is not gracefully presented. Ungainly, literally unhandsome, not pleasing to the eye, is applied generally to awkwardness of appearance. Uncouth, literally unknown, uncommon, and so, by a bit of human conceit, uninstructed, untrained, unrefined, sometimes even rude, barbarous: as, uncouth phrases, manners. Bungling, awkward in doing, handling awkwardly, spoiling by awkwardness, in either literal or figurative use: as, he made bungling work of it.

19. Not easily dealt with; troublesome; vexatious; requiring caution: as, an awkward predicament.

20. Perverted; perverse.

21. Perverted;perverse.

22. Wanting dexterity or skill in action or movement; clumsy in doing anything, as in using tools or implements; bungling.

23. Untoward; adverse.

24. Ill adapted for use or handling; unhandy in operation; clumsy: as, awkward instruments or contrivances.

25. Awkwardly; clumsily.

26. Ungraceful in action or person; ungainly; uncouth: as, awkward gestures; the awkward gambols of the elephant.

27. Awkwardly;clumsily.

28. In the wrong direction; in the wrong way; backward.

29. Untoward;adverse.

30. Embarrassed; not at ease: used in relation to persons: as, an awkward feeling.

31. Asquint.

32. Turned the wrong way; backhanded.


1. You are not alone in this awkward situation.

2. It was the most awkward moment of my life.

3. Although some extra work seems to come at an awkward time, you can handle it in style.

4. awkward waiting room moment alert!

5. A chance to fulfil your top ambition may come at an awkward time, but you'll make the most of it.

6. Tube trains are notorious for throwing one off balance at awkward moments.

7. He did so without making either of us feel awkward or embarrassed.

8. That is not to say awkward moments have been banished.

9. We wonder why people want to share those awkward times of their lives.

10. You will find a way to handle awkward situations in a way that neither upsets nor offends.

11. The most awkward and difficult to beat of them all.

12. This could make for awkward moments at aviation industry dos.

13. It was the most awkward time of my life.

14. Try to defuse awkward situations in advance.

15. It can be awkward and difficult to discuss things that are so sad.

16. He took over at an awkward time.

17. There were a few awkward social situations.

18. In the past he was seen as a difficult and pretty awkward interviewee.

19. She laughed off the awkward moment and paused and waved to photographers before leaving.

20. Cash is so awkward and clumsy.

21. After the pain and excitement of birth, a young democracy has reached awkward adolescence.

22. And yet you sense that there would have been an embarrassed, awkward moment between the pair.

23. They can still feel out of place, clumsy and awkward.

24. There were awkward speeches saying kind and clumsy things, gauche jokes and real fondness.

25. But without this, it can look incredibly awkward and clumsy.

26. It's also awkward to use.

27. But rather than feeling awkward or embarrassed about having to bare all, they say it is empowering and a confidence boost.

28. In the meantime he says that his career plan, despite the hormonal threat of an awkward adolescence, is looking robust.

29. MISCELLANEOUS WORDS. adobe _ado'ba_ algebra not _bra_ alien _alyen_, not _alien_ ameliorate _amelyorate_ antarctic _antarktik_ anti not _anti_ archangel _arkangel_ archbishop _arch_, not _ark_ arch fiend _arch_, not _ark_ architect _arkitect_ awkward _awkward_, not _ard_

30. Google is betting that its new social network, Google+, will fix what it calls the "awkward" state of online sharing--but Google isn't sharing invitations to its latest project with everyone.

31. After Mark Zuckerberg moved his social network from Cambridge, Mass., to Palo Alto, Calif., adviser Sean Parker persuaded him to drop what he called the awkward article.

32. In fact, I don't think the term "awkward" is appropriate.

33. I don't know if "awkward" is the right word to use here Wolf.

34. That was followed by what might be called an awkward moment.

35. The constant cussing sailed right upstairs to the rest of the family, who sat around in awkward silence.

36. I agree on the Freemind and found Personal Brain awkward for my learning curve.

37. ‘The bottle is awkward and hard to spray.’

38. ‘His claims that the tribunal has shown bias towards him still leave a number of awkward issues to be dealt with.’

39. ‘The wood was hard and awkward, the stone ice cold during most of the year.’

40. ‘The user controls are somewhat awkward and very difficult to master.’

41. ‘He was fobbing us off in order to get out of doing an awkward, time-consuming job.’

42. ‘He frequently appears to be sidestepping awkward questions.’

43. ‘They have the right to ask some awkward questions.’

44. ‘It comes at an awkward time on the calendar.’

45. ‘He will be on crutches for two months because it 's in an awkward place in his knee.’

46. ‘It's quite awkward to use at times.’

47. ‘It was way too heavy and awkward to use.’

48. ‘The controller looks awkward to hold.’

49. ‘It is a very tall burger and a little awkward to eat.’

50. ‘It's heavy and awkward to carry around.’

51. ‘Toolboxes can be heavy and awkward to move around your shop.’

52. ‘The chest strap is awkward to wear.’

53. ‘The case is stiff, awkward, and bulky.’

54. ‘Too many of the designs are too clunky and awkward.’

55. ‘You don't want a pack that 's too heavy or awkward to tuck away.’

56. ‘The volume button is also located in an awkward position.’

57. ‘We did not want to be awkward and put any unreasonable obstructions in the way.’

58. ‘I was asked to enter some of my favourite music, so being deliberately awkward, I entered four of my less well known favourites, first among them being Lucy Woodward.’

59. ‘Everyone wants peace, no one wants war, and if you aren't prepared to march then you're either gung ho or deliberately awkward.’

60. ‘London's tone suggests they're put out, as though we're being deliberately awkward.’

61. ‘They kept waiters hanging on while rudely squabbling and were deliberately awkward.’

62. ‘However awkward and obstructive he has been, we are going to war come what may.’

63. ‘He seems to be an actor perfectly suited to kitchen sink dramas in an age when demand from that sort of awkward, angry character is declining.’

64. ‘Between the ages of thirty and fifty, father often enters an awkward or ‘negative’ stage.’

65. ‘He couldn't quite grab the vital winning goal as they came up against Lady Luck with her awkward head on, a stubborn defence and a goalkeeper in top form.’

66. ‘Also, the ones they do employ (at least in Peckham) are inadequately trained/too inefficient to deal with awkward customers.’

67. ‘The mayor told us that this man has caused other problems that he is unwilling to resolve, so he seems to be an awkward person to deal with.’

68. ‘I love that last bit about Vignelli and the way he dealt with the awkward client.’

69. ‘Hasseck said one way of deciding how to deal with awkward customers was to work out what kind they were.’

70. ‘Shaw said it was vital to teach everyone in your business how to deal with awkward customers.’

71. ‘Belinda had mentioned that she had been a secretary for a while and she was good at dealing with awkward customers.’

72. ‘The public perception of me is that I'm a hard man or an awkward man.’

73. ‘And on top of that they have to deal diplomatically with awkward patients.’

74. ‘There's nothing wrong with being awkward and difficult and odd.’

75. ‘I am old, cynical, bitter, twisted, awkward, difficult, fussy, and generally hard to please.’

76. ‘If anyone would like to email me with their awkward or embarrassing moments, I can post them here anonymously.’

77. ‘The dripping coming from above made the silence very uneasy and awkward.’

78. ‘There were a few uneasy seconds of awkward silence, everyone looking at Christine with apprehension.’

79. ‘She could easily envision the awkward silences and uneasy shifting in the seats.’

80. ‘After a few such trips, I became bolder, and I got myself into quite a few awkward or embarrassing situations as a result.’

81. ‘Waiting for her to pick up was awkward and hard, but eventually the phone clicked over and a man's voice answered.’

82. ‘It also provided a social setting where the sixth graders could mingle without the pressures of a party or dance, which can be awkward for this age group.’

83. ‘I bought a suit today, after two weeks of deliberations, window shopping, and awkward small talk with sales assistants.’

84. ‘The atmosphere grew tenser and an awkward pause ensued.’

85. ‘I was desperate for approval and to find some common ground to smooth over an unpleasantly awkward couple of days.’

86. ‘They certainly didn't make us feel awkward when we questioned them about some of the dishes.’

87. ‘My mind went back to when Josh and I were Sammy's age, and how awkward it was at that age when people didn't want to be your friend.’

88. ‘It was a really awkward moment for me because I made a stupid mistake.’

89. ‘The officer is put in an awkward position when he unknowingly pulls his favorite actor over for a routine traffic stop.’

90. ‘It was a very awkward situation.’

91. ‘The extremely awkward interview came to a head when the singer hurled his phone across the room.’

92. ‘The singer endured an awkward exchange on live TV when the presenter asked him about his nickname.’

93. ‘They eventually moved on, but it made for a very awkward few seconds.’

94. ‘A few family members are expecting it to be very awkward.’

95. ‘They seemed to have put their very awkward encounter a few weeks before behind them.’

96. ‘That most people walk in an ungraceful, ungainly and awkward manner with a forward inclination of the body does not mean that it is the normal way of walking.’

97. ‘Now she faked her clumsy and awkward movements, often purposely stumbling over anything that came her way.’

98. ‘Kouki could see by his stiff stance and awkward movement that he didn't like him.’

99. ‘I learned to ski in the Dolomites more than 20 years ago, and memories of those buttery sunsets have stayed with me as much as the first awkward turns and ungainly falls off button lifts.’

100. ‘The elephant, unwieldy and awkward yet graceful and powerful, becomes an allegory for the form itself.’

101. ‘He looks almost exactly as I'd left him; awkward, ungainly and birdlike.’

102. ‘The resulting pieces at first look remarkably awkward and ungainly.’

103. ‘I was always a bit awkward and ungainly as a child, so I thought that maybe I was just on the clumsy side.’

104. ‘The high ceilings and unbroken expanses of wall in such a house can make the rooms seem awkward and ungainly.’

105. ‘If a grader were a person, he might be called ungainly, awkward, or even a klutz.’

106. ‘Mothers and fathers send out the message that boys are awkward, ungainly and silly.’

107. ‘He felt clumsy and awkward in the air, his body too ungainly to be properly streamlined.’

108. ‘Many of the other performers, however, were stiff and awkward.’

109. ‘But left-handers are renowned for being awkward and clumsy and in some societies they are still looked upon with suspicion.’

110. ‘Others are clumsy and awkward, obvious targets of adolescent rejection.’

111. ‘Chris was nearly eighteen and though he was tall, filled out with spiky black hair and handsome features, he still felt awkward, gawky, and ugly.’

112. ‘You remember how you felt at that age, when your own body was awkward and when you were full of energy and uncertainty.’

113. ‘In all of them you see a hunched, awkward man, uncomfortable in his own body.’

114. ‘He baffles hitters with an awkward delivery, a hard fastball and a Frisbee slider.’

115. ‘He's a contradiction in that his jump shot, an awkward heave off his right shoulder, is fundamentally flawed.’

116. ‘He stood as straight as he could, which was not very straight, since he spent nearly two hours in an uncomfortable and awkward position.’

117. ‘As I lay on my side, too choked with inward giggling to move into a less awkward and uncomfortable position, my mother appeared.’

118. ‘The members did this while crouching-on the floor in a very uncomfortable, awkward position.’

119. ‘There, lying in an awkward, unnatural position, was the High Priestess.’

120. ‘Mountain biking is jarring on the low back and is forcing your spine into an awkward, unnatural position.’

121. ‘I tried taming it with a metal hoop around its middle last year but some stems still found their way out from their binding and those that didn't looked awkward and uncomfortable.’

122. ‘It was awkward and uncomfortable to sleep in a closet.’

123. ‘Stan hunched down next to Phillip as he squeezed himself into the tunnel at a relatively awkward and entirely uncomfortable angle as his tail lit the way for the party.’

124. ‘If the motion feels awkward, uncomfortable or painful, you need to make an adjustment somewhere.’

125. ‘The hotels are still generic and boring and when I sleep, it feels awkward and uncomfortable in the beds.’

126. ‘It would ball up on his hoof, making it uncomfortable and awkward to walk.’

127. ‘It seemed awkward and unnatural to stand and walk, but I did it; I clambered out of the cave, into the harsh sunlight.’

128. ‘One of his legs was bloodied and bent at an awkward angle because of a clearly broken bone.’

129. ‘I sat up angrily, muttering profanities to myself as I rubbed my elbows and knees which took my awkward landing hardest.’

130. ‘He held one paw forward in an awkward, unnatural way.’

131. ‘They almost always occur after sleeping, especially if in an awkward position such as leaning against a bus window.’

132. ‘I lay on the floor at an awkward angle.’

133. ‘Seems like a really awkward, unnatural pose to me.’

134. they arrived at an awkward time

Other users have misspelling awkward as:

1. akward 27.61%

2. ackward 8.75%

3. awkwar 2.69%

4. arkward 2.69%

5. Other 58.26%

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