WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
awk•ward /ˈɔkwɚd/USA pronunciation
not having much skill:an awkward dancer.
lacking grace or ease, as in movement or posture:took an awkward swing at the ball.
lacking social graces or manners:always feels awkward at office parties.
difficult to use or handle:an awkward tool.
requiring skill or tact; difficult:an awkward situation.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
awkward /ˈɔːkwəd/ adj
Etymology: 14th Century awk, from Old Norse öfugr turned the wrong way round + -wardˈawkwardly adv ˈawkwardness n
- lacking dexterity, proficiency, or skill; clumsy; inept
- ungainly or inelegant in movements or posture
- unwieldy; difficult to use
- embarrassing: an awkward moment
- embarrassed: he felt awkward about leaving
- difficult to deal with; requiring tact: an awkward situation, an awkward customer
- deliberately uncooperative or unhelpful
- dangerous or difficult
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