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  Definition of awkward
  1. 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"
  2. causing inconvenience; "they arrived at an awkward time"
  3. 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
  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?"
  5. 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"
  6. 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"
Similar Words: ill at ease(p), uneasy, embarrassing, sticky, unenviable, clumsy, cumbersome, inapt, inept, ill-chosen, bunglesome, ungainly

 

See Also: maladroit, ugly

 

 
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