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

Definition of gawky

: awkward, clumsy a gawky adolescent

Other Words from gawky

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

Examples of gawky in a Sentence

the stiff, gawky gait of a newborn colt
Recent Examples on the Web The Sims has a slapstick sense of humor fit for gawky teen years; a Sim can get dumped in the hallway, strike a T-pose for a viral challenge, and then slink away for class in the span of a minute. Wired, 16 July 2022 The moment for raabs—these gawky, uncoiffed survivors of our soul-leaching winters—is short. Jonathan Kauffman, Bon Appétit, 13 Apr. 2022 While the 11th-generation Civic has a far more streamlined body than its gawky predecessor, Honda kept the underpinnings mostly the same—and that's a good thing. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 31 Mar. 2022 Anjana Vasan is mesmerizing as Amina, a gawky, lovelorn scientist who unexpectedly ends up as the lead guitarist for an all-women Muslim punk band, Lady Parts. The New Yorker, 8 Dec. 2021 For those of us who grew up with her cooking shows on public television – a TV career that began in 1963 and lasted for decades – seeing her here in all her gawky eccentricity is good for the soul. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Nov. 2021 The way Dunst scrunches her eyebrows and speaks in her highest register, never abandoning her character’s gawky sincerity, is a comedic gold mine. Matthew Jacobs, Vulture, 2 Dec. 2021 Singer Luke Bryan, the gawky host of this year’s CMAs, has invited Wallen to appear onstage with him in concert recently. Washington Post, 11 Nov. 2021 Other raids on art history include the pilferage of a gawky interstitial passage—a shapeless shape—from Matthias Grünewald’s ferocious crucifixion scene in the Isenheim Altarpiece (1512-16). Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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20 Jul 2022

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

Kids Definition of gawky

: awkward and clumsy a tall gawky boy

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