Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

gawky

play
adjective, \ˈgȯ-kē\

Simple Definition of gawky

  • : awkward and clumsy

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of gawky

gawkiergawkiest

  1. :  awkward, clumsy <a gawky adolescent>

gawkily play \-kə-lē\ adverb
gawkiness noun
gawky noun

Examples of gawky in a sentence

  1. <the stiff, gawky gait of a newborn colt>



1759

First Known Use of gawky

1759

Rhymes with gawky


GAWKY Defined for Kids

gawky

play
adjective \ˈgȯ-kē\

Definition of gawky for Students

gawkiergawkiest

  1. :  awkward and clumsy <a tall gawky boy>





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up gawky? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to dishevel or rumple

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

alt-5746713d76276

Which of these is a synonym of nonplus?

disapprove soothe perplex reduce
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ