awkward

  • 1 awkward — awkward, clumsy, maladroit, inept, gauche mean not adapted by constitution or character to act, operate, or achieve the intended or desired ends with ease, fitness, or grace. Awkward and clumsy are by far the widest of these terms in their range… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 2 Awkward — Awk ward ([add]k we[ e]rd), a. [Awk + ward.] 1. Wanting dexterity in the use of the hands, or of instruments; not dexterous; without skill; clumsy; wanting ease, grace, or effectiveness in movement; ungraceful; as, he was awkward at a trick; an… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 awkward — [ôk′wərd] adj. [ME aukward < ON ǫfugr, turned backward + OE weard, WARD] 1. not having grace or skill; clumsy, as in form or movement; bungling [an awkward dancer, an awkward style] 2. inconvenient to use; hard to handle; unwieldy [an awkward… …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 Awkward — Titre original Awkward Genre Comédie Créateur(s) Lauren Iungerich Acteurs principaux Ashley Rickards Beau Mirchoff Brett Davern Sadie Saxon Pays d’origine …

    Wikipédia en Français

  • 5 awkward — [adj1] clumsy, inelegant all thumbs*, amateurish, artless, blundering, bulky, bumbling, bungling, butterfingers*, coarse, floundering, gawky, graceless, green*, having two left feet*, having two left hands*, incompetent, inept, inexpert, klutzy* …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 awkward — index difficult, improper, inadept, incompetent, inelegant, inept (incompetent), ponderous, unbecoming …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 awkward — (adj.) mid 14c., in the wrong direction, from AWK (Cf. awk) back handed + adverbial suffix weard (see WARD (Cf. ward)). Meaning clumsy first recorded 1520s. Related: Awkwardly. Other formations from awk, none of them surviving, were awky, awkly,… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 awkward — ► ADJECTIVE 1) hard to do or deal with. 2) causing or feeling embarrassment. 3) inconvenient. 4) clumsy. DERIVATIVES awkwardly adverb awkwardness noun. ORIGIN from obsolete …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 awkward — awk|ward S2 [ˈo:kwəd US ˈo:kwərd] adj [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: awk turned the wrong way (15 17 centuries) (from Old Norse öfugr) + ward] 1.) making you feel embarrassed so that you are not sure what to do or say = ↑difficult ▪ I hoped he would… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 awkward — adj. 1) awkward with (he is awkward with children) 2) (BE) awkward for (Monday is awkward for me) 3) awkward to + inf. (it is awkward to discuss such matters in public = it is awkward discussing such matters in public) * * * [ ɔːkwəd] (BE)… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 11 awkward — [[t]ɔ͟ːkwə(r)d[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED An awkward situation is embarrassing and difficult to deal with. I was the first to ask him awkward questions but there ll be harder ones to come... There was an awkward moment as couples decided whether to stand …

    English dictionary

  • 12 awkward — 01. It felt a little [awkward] the first time I wore high heels, but I got used to them pretty quickly. 02. It is somewhat [awkward] to try to dance with a kimono on. 03. The young boy tried his friend s skateboard, but fell [awkwardly] and hurt… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 13 awkward — adjective Etymology: Middle English awkeward in the wrong direction, from awke turned the wrong way, from Old Norse ǫfugr; akin to Old High German abuh turned the wrong way Date: 1530 1. obsolete perverse 2. archaic unfavorable …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14 awkward — adjective 1 making you feel so embarrassed that you are not sure what to do or say: The more she tried to get out of the situation, the more awkward it became. | an awkward pause | make things awkward (=cause trouble and make a situation very… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 awkward */*/ — UK [ˈɔːkwə(r)d] / US [ˈɔkwərd] adjective 1) a) difficult to deal with and embarrassing After he spoke there was an awkward silence. Luckily nobody asked any awkward questions about what he was doing there. It s a bit awkward, because he s my… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 awkward — adj. 1 difficult VERBS ▪ be, look, seem ▪ make sth ADVERB ▪ extremely, fairly, very …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 17 awkward — awk|ward [ ɔkwərd ] adjective ** 1. ) difficult to deal with and embarrassing: After he spoke there was an awkward silence. Luckily nobody asked any awkward questions about what he was doing there. It s a little awkward, because he s my friend… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 awkward — awkwardly, adv. awkwardness, n. /awk weuhrd/, adj. 1. lacking skill or dexterity; clumsy. 2. lacking grace or ease in movement: an awkward gesture; an awkward dancer. 3. lacking social graces or manners: a simple, awkward frontiersman. 4. not… …

    Universalium

  • 19 Awkward — Seriendaten Deutscher Titel Awkward – Mein sogenanntes Leben Originaltitel Awkward …

    Deutsch Wikipedia

  • 20 awkward — /ˈɔkwəd / (say awkwuhd) adjective 1. lacking dexterity or skill; clumsy; bungling. 2. ungraceful; ungainly; uncouth: awkward gestures. 3. ill adapted for use or handling; unhandy: an awkward method. 4. requiring caution; somewhat hazardous: there …

    Australian English dictionary