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. not elegant or graceful in expression; " an awkward prose style"; " a clumsy apology"; " his cumbersome writing style"; " if the rumor is true, can anything be more inept than to repeat it now?"
  6. 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"
  7. Awkwardly.
  8. 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.
  9. Not easily managed or effected; embarrassing.
  10. Perverse; adverse; untoward.
  11. Wanting cleverness; unskilful; ungraceful; ungainly; clumsy.
  12. Awkwardness.
  13. Clumsy: ungraceful.
  14. Clumsy; unskilful; inconvenient.
  15. Ungraceful; unskilful; bungling.
  16. Embarrassing or perplexing; also, difficult or dangerous.
  17. Wanting dexterity; bungling; ungraceful; inelegant.
  18. Clumsy; bungling; unable to use hands or tools easily.

Antonyms for awkward

intellectual, absurdity, unperturbed, ace, charming, practiced, useful, diplomatic, skillful, convenient, picturesque, adroit, decorous, smart, proper, easy, accomplished, deft, gracious, advantageous, wieldy, Featly, well-bred, versed, comfortable, functional, poised, endurable, liquid, collected, sure-handed, trained, serene, civil, bonny, meet, ingenious, self-assured, beauteous, handy, light, light-footed, gifted, paradox, nonsense, de rigueur, feline, experienced, fluid, great, masterly, quick-witted, seemly, expert, graceful, helpful, elegant, polished, masterful, Bravura, confident, bewitching, congruous, nice, professional, dexterous, crackerjack, bright, intelligent, calm, genteel, sylphlike, professed, capable, lithe, nimble, fluent, gainly, cultivated, decent, coordinated, educated, neat, fair, cunning, agile, suave, skilled, cool, clever, placid, spry, lissome, polite, tolerable, self-confident, lissom, practicable, practised, pleasing, supple, secure, happy, exquisite, lithesome, sufferable, acceptable, cultured, virtuoso, complete, worthy, serviceable, compleat, desirable, effortless, fine, veteran, adept, becoming, able, felicitous, correct, composed, good, smooth, willowy, contradiction, well behaved, undisturbed, practical, well-mannered, tranquil, sophism, artful, bearable, slender, talented, delightful, Sure-footed, urbane, pretty, agreeable, master, skilful, svelte, consummate, facile, befitting, apt, comely, assured, proficient, courtly, beautiful, delicate, respectable, debonair, competent, self-possessed, handsome, demonstration, gracile, tactful, sophisticated, workmanlike.

Quotes of awkward

  1. Golf is an awkward set of bodily contortions designed to produce a graceful result. – Tommy Armour
  2. Middle age is the awkward period when Father Time starts catching up with Mother Nature. – Harold Coffin
  3. That kind of piece, perhaps most recognizable because of Yoko Ono's similar work, built a bridge between performance art and music- and without raising any awkward social issues. – Tony Conrad
  4. It was strange at times. We had to make out so much that we kind of got over it. It was really awkward – Clea Duvall
  5. I felt little awkward about taking one boyfriend to see a film starring another boyfriend. – Shelley Duvall
  6. The movies I made when I was 14 or 15, I have a hard time looking at those. Those were the awkward years. I don't know if anybody can look at something they did when they were 14 and not wince. – Jodie Foster
  7. So many times you see beautiful lovemaking scenes with a lot of exposure or an awkward lovemaking scene, but I think it's very rare that you see it private. – Ang Lee
  8. It's awkward Here you are with most of your clothes off in bed with this person who you've really just met. You're strangers to each other's bodies and you're coming together for the first time in front of all these people. – Sheryl Lee
  9. When you go to take someone's picture, the first thing they say is, what you want me to do? Everyone is very awkward – Annie Leibovitz
  10. I'm awkward at these things. Just being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Karate Kid was a real surprise and I was a little uncomfortable. – Pat Morita
  11. I avoid clients for whom advertising is only a marginal factor in their marketing mix. They have an awkward tendency to raid their advertising appropriations whenever they need cash for other purposes. – David Ogilvy
  12. I'm actually part of a number of minorities. I grew up being a horribly awkward kid. A terrible student. And now I find myself as a filmmaker, and you feel kind of alone in the world because you're separate from everyone else. – Bryan Singer
  13. I never felt comfortable with myself, because I was never part of the majority. I always felt awkward and shy and on the outside of the momentum of my friends' lives. – Steven Spielberg
  14. As we were leaving the Huron camp, it was awkward filming. I think that the Huron watching us was there to create tension- maybe we wouldn't get out. Nothing complicated. – Madeleine Stowe
  15. America is at that awkward stage; it's too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards. – Claire Wolfe

Usage examples for awkward

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. It was an awkward position. – Ismailia by Samuel W. Baker
  4. She felt both ashamed and awkward – A Nobleman's Nest by Ivan Turgenieff
  5. 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
  6. But it might be a little awkward for her. – Will Warburton by George Gissing
  7. There was an awkward pause. – The Desired Woman by Will N. Harben
  8. There was another awkward silence. – Uller Uprising by Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr
  9. He had begun to feel awkward – The Revolution in Tanner's Lane by Mark Rutherford
  10. To the younger man it was an extremely awkward interview. – Parrot & Co. by Harold MacGrath
  11. " Awkward customer to tackle," was all the encouragement he could suggest. – A Poached Peerage by William Magnay
  12. 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
  13. There was a long, awkward pause, and then he glanced at his watch. – Life Blood by Thomas Hoover
  14. That was awkward again! – The Great Miss Driver by Anthony Hope
  15. But here an awkward thing happened. – What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  16. You see it is awkward being without it, as it is the right one. – Molly Bawn by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  17. An awkward silence fell suddenly between us. – Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930 by Various
  18. It is awkward at times." – The Spoilers of the Valley by Robert Watson
  19. Nevertheless, there was an awkward pause in the conversation. – The Devil's Paw by E. Phillips Oppenheim