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Definitions of awkward

  1. difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape; " an awkward bundle to carry"; " a load of bunglesome paraphernalia"; " clumsy wooden shoes"; " the cello, a rather ungainly instrument for a girl"
  2. not at ease socially; unsure and constrained in manner; " awkward and reserved at parties"; " ill at ease among eddies of people he didn't know"; " was always uneasy with strangers"
  3. causing inconvenience; " they arrived at an awkward time"
  4. hard to deal with; especially causing pain or embarrassment; " awkward ( 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"
  5. lacking grace or skill in manner or movement or performance; " an awkward dancer"; " an awkward gesture"; " too awkward with a needle to make her own clothes"; " his clumsy fingers produced an awkward knot"
  6. Awkwardly.
  7. Wanting dexterity in the use of the hands, or of instruments; not dexterous; without skill; clumsy; wanting ease, grace, or effectiveness in movement; ungraceful; as, he was awkward at a trick; an awkward boy.
  8. Not easily managed or effected; embarrassing.
  9. Perverse; adverse; untoward.
  10. Wanting cleverness; unskilful; ungraceful; ungainly; clumsy.
  11. Awkwardness.
  12. Clumsy; unskilful; inconvenient.
  13. Ungraceful; unskilful; bungling.
  14. Embarrassing or perplexing; also, difficult or dangerous.
  15. Wanting dexterity; bungling; ungraceful; inelegant.
  16. Clumsy; bungling; unable to use hands or tools easily.
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Usage examples for awkward

  1. But it might be a little awkward for her. – Will Warburton by George Gissing
  2. You see it is awkward being without it, as it is the right one. – Molly Bawn by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  3. She was just in time, and would have been very angry with herself, and have thought herself awkward, had she forgotten it. – Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope
  4. There was another awkward silence. – Uller Uprising by Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr
  5. That was awkward again! – The Great Miss Driver by Anthony Hope
  6. So not to make it awkward for the poor child, I simply had to talk and let her talk. – The Rosie World by Parker Fillmore
  7. But here an awkward thing happened. – What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  8. Nevertheless, there was an awkward pause in the conversation. – The Devil's Paw by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  9. There was an awkward pause. – The Desired Woman by Will N. Harben
  10. To the younger man it was an extremely awkward interview. – Parrot & Co. by Harold MacGrath
  11. It is awkward at times." – The Spoilers of the Valley by Robert Watson
  12. It is rather awkward when all the town knows of our affairs, before we know them ourselves." – Janet's Love and Service by Margaret M Robertson
  13. It would be awkward for you and Gregory if Edmonds took the homestead and turned him out. – Masters of the Wheat-Lands by Harold Bindloss
  14. It was an awkward position. – Ismailia by Samuel W. Baker
  15. An awkward silence fell suddenly between us. – Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930 by Various
  16. There was a long, awkward pause, and then he glanced at his watch. – Life Blood by Thomas Hoover
  17. She felt both ashamed and awkward. – A Nobleman's Nest by Ivan Turgenieff
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