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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. 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.
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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
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