\ 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 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 When a gawky teen restores a 1958 Plymouth Fury, the car takes on a life of its own and begins terrorizing those in its way. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2021 The young lady, a gawky girl of 13, was a distant cousin whose father had recently become King Emperor. Lily Rothman, Time, 9 Apr. 2021 Before TikTok, SoundCloud, or even YouTube existed, four gawky teenagers from suburban Las Vegas found success by posting their music to an unlikely platform: the Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz’s LiveJournal page. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, 30 Sep. 2020 Anna is blonde and tall and gawky, with braces; Maya is shorter, with a bowl cut forced on her by her mother, and a retainer. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, 28 Sep. 2020 Here, teenagers feel like real gawky young adults, instead of the polished twenty-somethings who far exceed the attractiveness of real high schoolers in all their pubescent, hormonal glory. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 1 May 2020 The Woods of 28 years ago was all gawky teenage promise. Eamon Lynch, Golfweek, 11 Feb. 2020 The splashy, ornate style rose to prominence around 2015, the year Gucci designer Alessandro Michele debuted a weird, gawky new look brimming with prints, frills, and colors. Marc Bain, Quartzy, 7 Dec. 2019 And here’s that gawky kid, just 15 years later, headlining the 100,000-capacity Jerry World. Michael Corcoran,, 28 Oct. 2019

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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 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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