\ ˈgȯ-kē How to pronounce gawky (audio) \
gawkier; gawkiest

Definition of gawky

: awkward, clumsy a gawky adolescent

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Other Words from gawky

gawkily \ ˈgȯ-​kə-​lē How to pronounce gawkily (audio) \ adverb
gawkiness noun
gawky noun

Examples of gawky in a Sentence

the stiff, gawky gait of a newborn colt

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The Cook sisters were plain and gawky and ingenuous. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, "Ida and Louise Cook, Two Unusual Heroines of the Second World War," 3 Sep. 2019 Think Smokey Robinson’s songwriting prowess, and the evolution of the Supremes from gawky teenagers to hit-making divas. Mara Reinstein, Billboard, "'Hitsville: The Making of Motown' Is Stylish, Slick and Safe," 23 Aug. 2019 My favorite person on the show was Maria, who sparked gawky-sweet chemistry with Vinny. Darren Franich,, "In praise of the goofy, shocking, endearing Double Shot at Love finale," 28 June 2019 The juxtaposition — robust muscleman and gawky fowl — is a wonderfully sarcastic rebuke to Plato’s description of humans as featherless bipeds. Christopher Knight,, "Out of the shadows and into the light: 'Chiaroscuro Woodcut' is a sleeper hit at LACMA," 5 July 2018 The 32-year-old cofounder and co-CEO of Bitmain, the world’s biggest cryptocurrency mining firm, displays a strikingly reserved and gawky demeanor. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "A Sit-Down With Billionaire Bitcoin Mining Mogul Jihan Wu of Bitmain," 8 June 2018 While most women aren’t used to wearing big, sometimes gawky hats, the majority of Derby-goers are sporting some type of head accessory at the track. Taylor M. Riley, The Courier-Journal, "What should I wear to the Kentucky Derby? Here's help in planning your hat, dress & more," 12 Apr. 2018 Byrne's capacity for shouts, grunts and other sounds is a sort of gawky update on Brown's work, and the almost militaristic organization of the band, too, reminds of the Godfather of Soul. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "David Byrne live: reviewing a slippery person," 29 Apr. 2018 This is sort of out there, but Luke Falk is kinda skinny, a bit of a gawky athlete. Tim Rohan,, "Phil Savage on Mock Drafts, the 2018 QB Class and the Player to Watch at the Combine," 23 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of gawky

1759, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gawky

gawk entry 1 + -y entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of gawky

informal : awkward and clumsy


\ ˈgȯ-kē How to pronounce gawky (audio) \
gawkier; gawkiest

Kids Definition of gawky

: awkward and clumsy a tall gawky boy

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