WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
awk•ward /ˈɔkwɚd/USA pronunciation  adj. 
  1. clumsy;
    not having much skill:an awkward dancer.
  2. lacking grace or ease, as in movement or posture:took an awkward swing at the ball.
  3. lacking social graces or manners:always feels awkward at office parties.
  4. difficult to use or handle:an awkward tool.
  5. requiring skill or tact; difficult:an awkward situation.
awk•ward•ly,adv. 
awk•ward•ness,n. [uncountable]


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

awkward /ˈɔːkwəd/ adj
  1. lacking dexterity, proficiency, or skill; clumsy; inept
  2. ungainly or inelegant in movements or posture
  3. unwieldy; difficult to use
  4. embarrassing: an awkward moment
  5. embarrassed: he felt awkward about leaving
  6. difficult to deal with; requiring tact: an awkward situation, an awkward customer
  7. deliberately uncooperative or unhelpful
  8. dangerous or difficult
Etymology: 14th Century awk, from Old Norse öfugr turned the wrong way round + -ward

ˈawkwardly adv ˈawkwardness n



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