\ˈgȯ-kē \
gawkier; gawkiest

Definition of gawky 

: awkward, clumsy a gawky adolescent

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Other Words from gawky

gawkily \ ˈgȯ-​kə-​lē \ adverb
gawkiness noun
gawky noun

Examples of gawky in a Sentence

the stiff, gawky gait of a newborn colt

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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 On tour since the album’s release, Lorde has presented herself as a passionate singer, a proudly gawky dancer and the center of an eccentric spectacle that, so far, has scaled up without sacrificing intensity. The New York Times, New York Times, "22 Musicals, Plays, Concerts, Dances and Festivals You Can’t Miss This Spring," 20 Feb. 2018 How else to explain the intimate, gawky tenderness with which the heads of the dead Christ and the man supporting him touch, almost in a kiss? Holland Cotter, New York Times, "Collecting Strokes of Genius," 12 Oct. 2017 Comparisons were made to Barack Obama, on the basis that the two men both had a certain gawky charm and both appeared to inspire an enormous amount of hope. The Economist, "Jokowi at bayIndonesian politics are becoming less predictable," 5 Oct. 2017

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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

: awkward and clumsy


\ˈgȯ-kē \
gawkier; gawkiest

Kids Definition of gawky

: awkward and clumsy a tall gawky boy

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