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Adjective: awkward (awkwarder,awkwardest)  ok-wurd [N. Amer], ok-wûd [Brit]
  1. Causing inconvenience
    "they arrived at an awkward time"
  2. 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"
  3. Difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape
    "an awkward bundle to carry";
    - bunglesome, clumsy, ungainly
  4. Not elegant or graceful in expression
    "an awkward prose style";
    - clumsy, cumbersome, inapt, inept, ill-chosen, clunky [informal]
  5. Hard to deal with; especially causing pain or embarrassment
    "awkward moments in the discussion"; "an awkward pause followed his remark";
    - embarrassing, sticky, unenviable
  6. Socially uncomfortable; unsure and constrained in manner
    "awkward and reserved at parties";
    - ill at ease, uneasy

Derived forms: awkwarder, awkwardest

See also: clumsy, clunky [informal], difficult, gawky, graceless, hard, inconvenient, infelicitous, klutzy [N. Amer, informal], labored [US], laboured [Brit, Cdn], maladroit, strained, ugly, unbeautiful, uncomfortable, ungainly, ungraceful, unmanageable, unwieldy, wooden

Antonym: graceful

Encyclopedia: Awkward