Definition of awkward
- I'm awkward with a needle and thread.
- an awkward attempt
- awkward pictures
- awkward writing
- an awkward newcomer
- an awkward moment
- an awkward load
- an awkward diplomatic situation
She is awkward at dancing.
He had large feet and his walk was awkward and ungainly.
The story contained some awkward writing.
She is an awkward writer.
The machine is very awkward to operate.
I often find myself in awkward situations.
He was put in the awkward position of having to write the memo.
There was an awkward pause in the conversation.
He feels awkward with strangers.
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First Known Use: 1530See Words from the same year
: not graceful
: lacking skill
: difficult to use or handle
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of yeast or being unsettled or frivolous
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