[ UK /ɡˈɔːki/ ]
[ US /ˈɡɔki/ ]
  1. lacking grace in movement or posture
    a gawky lad with long ungainly legs
    clumsy fingers
    heaved his unwieldy figure out of his chair
    what an ungainly creature a giraffe is
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How To Use gawky In A Sentence

  • Since I was an awkward teenager who was built like a twig with hips and growing out a perm from the part of the '90s that wouldn't let the' 80s die, you can imagine how excellent things like stretch jeans -- now called "jeggings" -- looked on my gawky, unevenly developing frame. Jamie Frevele: A Second Chance at the '90s!
  • Two gawky, pimply, vaguely punky teenage guys are talking to two gawky, pimply, vaguely punky teenage girls.
  • The new computer model has sloped geeky shoulders and a long gawky neck.
  • Are you prepared to wait while a gawky young subject grows to maturity and the stature your composition requires? The Education of a Gardener
  • So I went out for lunch today with a group of friends and their friends and was disturbed to find myself feeling defensive and edgy which dragged me back about ten years to gawky teenage years of perpetual embarrassment.
  • Lee is full of adolescent pride - gawky, gormless and increasingly angry.
  • Elle magazine, whose then editor, Sally Brampton, later recalled the gawky teenager as Mail & Guardian Online
  • And as usual, I turned into a goofy, gawky, tongue-tied idiot.
  • With all the excitable glee of a slightly gawky teenager, she waves the bouquet above her head, showing it off to the rest of us like a trophy, the years visibly slipping away.
  • She constantly insisted that her height and slender limbs made her gawky and awkward, and for lack of a mirror had never seen the large blue eyes that were so captivating.
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