\ 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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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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“Gawky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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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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