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awkward Explained

awkward at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


awkward at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1340, "in the wrong direction," from awk "back-handed" (obsolete since 1600s), from O.N. afugr "turned backwards" + adverbial suffix -weard. Meaning "clumsy" first recorded 1530. ///

awkward at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

S2 adj [Date: 1500-1600; Origin: awk 'turned the wrong way' (15-17 centuries) (from Old Norse [hA177]fugr) + -ward]//
1 making you feel embarrassed so that you are not sure what to do or say: difficult// --I hoped he would stop asking awkward questions .// --There was an awkward moment when she didn't know whether to shake his hand or kiss his cheek.// --an awkward silence // --A laugh can help people over an awkward situation.// --Philip's remarks put her in an awkward position (=made it difficult for her to know what to do) .//
2 not relaxed or comfortable: --She liked to dance but felt awkward if someone was watching her.// --Geoff looked uneasy and awkward.// --Make sure that the baby is not sleeping in an awkward position.//
3 difficult to do, use, or deal with: --It'll be awkward getting cars in and out.// --The new financial arrangements were awkward to manage.// --A good carpenter can make a cupboard to fit the most awkward space.// --She was afraid he was going to ask an awkward question.//
4 not convenient: --I'm sorry to call at such an awkward time but I won't keep you a minute.//
5 an awkward person is deliberately unhelpful: difficult// awkward about// --The staff wanted to go home and they were getting awkward about a meeting starting so late.// --an awkward customer (=person who is difficult and unhelpful) // -- awkwardly adv // --'I'm very sorry about your sister,' he said awkwardly.// --Vera smiled awkwardly.// -- awkwardness n [U] // --He tried to smooth over the awkwardness of the situation.//

awkward at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

145 Moby Thesaurus words for "awkward":
Latinate, all thumbs, blankminded, blunderheaded, blundering,
bombastic, boorish, bulky, bumbling, bungling, butterfingered,
callow, careless, clownish, clumsy, clumsy-fisted, confused,
contrary, cramped, crosswise, crushing, cumbersome, cumbrous,
dangerous, delicate, difficult, discomfited, discommodious,
disconcerted, disconcerting, disturbing, dumb, elephantine,
embarrassed, embarrassing, empty, empty-headed, fingers all thumbs,
forced, formal, fumbling, gauche, gawkish, gawky, graceless, green,
groping, guinde, halting, ham-fisted, ham-handed, hazardous, heavy,
heavy-handed, hulking, hulky, humiliating, ignorant, ill at ease,
ill-chosen, impractical, inane, incommodious, inconvenient,
inefficient, inelegant, inept, inexperienced, inexpert, inkhorn,
innocent, know-nothing, labored, leaden, left-hand, left-handed,
loutish, lubberly, lumbering, lumpish, lumpy, maladroit, massive,
massy, mortifying, naive, nescient, oafish, out of place, perilous,
perverse, pompous, ponderous, precarious, raw, rigid, risky,
sensitive, sesquipedalian, shamefaced, simple, sloppy, splay,
sticky, stiff, stilted, strange to, tentative, ticklish, touchy,
tricky, troublesome, trying, turgid, unacquainted, unapprized,
uncomfortable, uncomprehending, unconversant, uncouth, undexterous,
uneasy, unenlightened, unfamiliar, unfortunate, ungainly,
ungraceful, unhandy, unhappy, unilluminated, uninformed,
uninitiated, unintelligent, unknowing, unmanageable, unpleasant,
unposted, unripe, unskilled, unskillful, unsure, unversed,
unwieldy, vacuous, wooden

Awkward at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Awkward \Awk"ward\, a. [Awk + -ward.]
1. 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.

And dropped an awkward courtesy. --Dryden.

2. Not easily managed or effected; embarrassing.

A long and awkward process. --Macaulay.

An awkward affair is one that has gone wrong, and is
difficult to adjust. --C. J. Smith.

3. Perverse; adverse; untoward. [Obs.] ``Awkward
casualties.'' ``Awkward wind.'' --Shak.

O blind guides, which being of an awkward religion,
do strain out a gnat, and swallow up a cancel.

Syn: Ungainly; unhandy; clownish; lubberly; gawky; maladroit;
bungling; inelegant; ungraceful; unbecoming.

Usage: {Awkward}, {Clumsy}, {Uncouth}. Awkward has a special
reference to outward deportment. A man is clumsy in
his whole person, he is awkward in his gait and the
movement of his limbs. Clumsiness is seen at the first
view. Awkwardness is discovered only when a person
begins to move. Hence the expressions, a clumsy
appearance, and an awkward manner. When we speak
figuratively of an awkward excuse, we think of a want
of ease and grace in making it; when we speak of a
clumsy excuse, we think of the whole thing as coarse
and stupid. We apply the term uncouth most frequently
to that which results from the want of instruction or
training; as, uncouth manners; uncouth language. --
{Awk"ward*ly}, adv. -- {Awk"ward*ness}, n.

awkward at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

adj 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" [ant: {graceful}]
3: 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" [syn: {bunglesome},
{clumsy}, {ungainly}]
4: 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?" [syn: {clumsy}, {cumbersome}, {inapt},
{inept}, {ill-chosen}]
5: 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" [syn: {embarrassing}, {sticky}, {unenviable}]
6: 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" [syn: {ill at ease(p)}, {uneasy}]

awkward at English (WD) Of Explained:



From Inter: suffix » awk|ward|t1=odd, clumsy.


* Inter: a » UK Inter: IPA » /ɔːkwəd/
  • Inter: a » US Inter: IPA » /ɔkwɝd/
  • Inter: a » cot-caught Inter: IPA » /ɑkwɝd/
  • Inter: audio » en-us-awkward.ogg|Audio (US)


    Inter: en-ad » v

  • Inter: obsolet » e In a backwards direction.
    1. 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book V:
    2. : Than groned the knyght for his grymme woundis, and gyrdis to Sir Gawayne and awkewarde hym strykes, and ... kut thorow a vayne ....


      Inter: en-adj » awkward|er|more

  • Lacking dexterity in the use of the hands, or of instruments
  • : Inter: archai » c John was awkward at performing the trick. Hell have to practise to improve.''
  • Not easily managed or effected; embarrassing
  • : That was an extremely awkward moment. Everyone was watching.
  • Lacking social skills, or uncomfortable with social interaction
  • : Im very awkward at parties.''
  • : Things get very awkward whenever 60-year old men use cheesy pick-up lines on me.
  • Perverse; adverse; difficult to handle
  • : Hes a right awkward chap.''
  • : These cabinets are going to be very awkward when we move.


    * Inter: sense » lacking dexterity clumsy, ungraceful, unhandy, lubberly
  • Inter: sense » lacking social skill maladroit


    * Inter: sense » having dexterity dexterous, graceful, skillful, gainly
  • Inter: sense » having social skills cool, amiable

    Derived terms

    * awkwardly
  • awkwardness


    Inter: trans-top » wanting dexterity in the use of the hands
  • American Sign Language: Inter: tø » ase|3@SideTrunkhigh-PalmDown-3@SideChesthigh-PalmDown Upanddown-Upanddown
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|несръчен, Inter: t+ » bg|непохватен
  • Catalan: Inter: t+ » ca|maldestre|m
  • Chinese:
  • : Mandarin: Inter: t- » cmn|別扭|sc=Hani, Inter: t- » cmn|别扭|tr=bièniu|sc=Hani
  • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|neobratný|m, Inter: t- » cs|nešikovný|m
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|onhandig
  • Esperanto: Inter: t- » eo|mallerta
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|kömpelö

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|maladroit|m
    • German: ungeschickt, unbeholfen, tölpelhaft, patschert (Austrian)
    • Icelandic: Inter: t+ » is|klunnalegur
    • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|maldestro, Inter: t- » it|impacciato, Inter: t+ » it|goffo|m
    • Japanese: 不器用な (bukiyō na)
    • Macedonian: Inter: t- » mk|незгоден|tr=nézgoden|sc=Cyrl
    • Norwegian: Inter: t- » no|klumsete, Inter: t- » no|klønete
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|desajeitado, Inter: t+ » pt|bisonho
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|неловкий|tr=n'elóvkij, Inter: t+ » ru|неуклюжий|tr=n'eukl'úžij
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|torpe, Inter: t- » es|desmañado
    • Turkish: Inter: t+ » tr|sakar, Inter: t+ » tr|beceriksiz

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » not easily managed or effected; embarrassing
    • American Sign Language: Inter: tø » ase|3@SideTrunkhigh-PalmDown-3@SideChesthigh-PalmDown Upanddown-Upanddown
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|неловък, Inter: t+ » bg|неудобен
    • Czech: Inter: t+ » cs|nepříjemný|m
    • Danish: Inter: t- » da|akavet
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|ongemakkelijk, Inter: t- » nl|genant
    • Esperanto: Inter: t- » eo|konsterna, Inter: t- » eo|senaplombiga
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|vaikea, Inter: t+ » fi|hankala, Inter: t+ » fi|kiusallinen
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|embarrassant|m
    • German: unhandlich, umständlich, patschert (Austrian)
    • Icelandic: Inter: t+ » is|vandræðalegur, Inter: t- » is|pínlegur
    • Irish: Inter: t- » ga|anásta

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|imbarazzato, Inter: t- » it|poco opportuno, Inter: t+ » it|delicato, Inter: t+ » it|imbarazzante, Inter: t+ » it|inopportuno
  • Japanese: ぎごちない (gigochinai)
  • Macedonian: Inter: t- » mk|незгоден|tr=nézgoden|sc=Cyrl
  • Norwegian: Inter: t+ » no|pinlig
  • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|nieprzyjemny|m
  • Portuguese: constrangedor, Inter: t- » pt|desconcertante
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|неловкий|tr=n'elóvkij, Inter: t+ » ru|неудобный|tr=n'eudóbnyj, Inter: t+ » ru|затруднительный|tr=zatrudnít'el'nyj
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|embarazoso, Inter: t+ » es|delicado
  • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|pinsam, Inter: t+ » sv|genant
  • Turkish: Inter: t+ » tr|kullanışsız

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » lacking social skills, or uncomfortable with social interaction
    Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » perverse; adverse; untoward
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|неприятен, Inter: t+ » bg|неудобен
    • Esperanto: Inter: t- » eo|maloportuna
    • Finnish: tuskallinen, vastenmielinen, yököttävä, piinallinen
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|inconvenant|m
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|peinlich, Inter: t+ » de|misslich, Inter: t+ » de|unangenehm

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Italian: Inter: t- » it|scomodo, Inter: t- » it|poco maneggevole, Inter: t+ » it|difficile
  • Macedonian: Inter: t- » mk|незгоден|tr=nézgoden|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t- » mk|терсене|tr=térsene|sc=Cyrl
  • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|nieśmiały
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|incómodo|m
  • Turkish: Inter: t+ » tr|garip, Inter: t+ » tr|uygunsuz

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Translation: bg » awkward
    Translation: cs » awkward
    Translation: cy » awkward
    Translation: et » awkward
    Translation: el » awkward
    Translation: es » awkward
    Translation: fr » awkward
    Translation: gl » awkward
    Translation: ko » awkward
    Translation: io » awkward
    Translation: it » awkward
    Translation: kn » awkward
    Translation: ku » awkward
    Translation: hu » awkward
    Translation: mg » awkward
    Translation: ml » awkward
    Translation: my » awkward
    Translation: pl » awkward
    Translation: ru » awkward
    Category: simple:awkward -
    Translation: sh » awkward
    Translation: fi » awkward
    Translation: sv » awkward
    Translation: ta » awkward
    Translation: te » awkward
    Translation: th » awkward
    Translation: vi » awkward
    Translation: zh » awkward