gawkier; gawkiest
: awkward, clumsy
a gawky adolescent
gawkily adverb
gawkiness noun
gawky noun

Examples of gawky in a Sentence

the stiff, gawky gait of a newborn colt
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Word History


gawk entry 1 + -y entry 1

First Known Use

1759, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gawky was in 1759

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Cite this Entry

“Gawky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


gawkier; gawkiest
gawkily adverb

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