Definitions for awkward
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word awkward.
"they arrived at an awkward time"
lacking grace or skill in manner or movement or performance
"an awkward dancer"; "an awkward gesture"; "too awkward with a needle to make her own clothes"; "his clumsy fingers produced an awkward knot"
awkward, bunglesome, clumsy, ungainlyadjective
difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape
"an awkward bundle to carry"; "a load of bunglesome paraphernalia"; "clumsy wooden shoes"; "the cello, a rather ungainly instrument for a girl"
awkward, clumsy, cumbersome, inapt, inept, ill-chosenadjective
not elegant or graceful in expression
"an awkward prose style"; "a clumsy apology"; "his cumbersome writing style"; "if the rumor is true, can anything be more inept than to repeat it now?"
awkward, embarrassing, sticky, unenviableadjective
hard to deal with; especially causing pain or embarrassment
"awkward (or embarrassing or difficult) moments in the discussion"; "an awkward pause followed his remark"; "a sticky question"; "in the unenviable position of resorting to an act he had planned to save for the climax of the campaign"
awkward, ill at ease(p), uneasyadjective
socially uncomfortable; unsure and constrained in manner
"awkward and reserved at parties"; "ill at ease among eddies of people he didn't know"; "was always uneasy with strangers"
In a backwards direction.
Lacking dexterity in the use of the hands, or of instruments
John was awkward at performing the trick. He'll have to practise to improve.
Not easily managed or effected; embarrassing
That was an extremely awkward moment. Everyone was watching.
Lacking social skills, or uncomfortable with social interaction
Perverse; adverse; difficult to handle
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: [ æward, Saxon; that is, backward, untoward.
Whose manners still our tardy, apish nation
Limps after in base awkward imitation. William Shakespeare, Rich. II.
Their own language is worthy their care; and they are judged of by their handsome or awkward way of expressing themselves in it. John Locke.
An awkward shame, or fear of ill usage, has a share in this conduct. Jonathan Swift.
Slow to resolve, but in performance quick:
So true, that he was awkward at a trick. John Dryden, Hind and P.
A kind and constant friend
To all that regularly offend;
But was implacable, and awkward,
To all that interlop’d and hawker’d. Hudibras.
Awkward typically describes a situation or person that makes one feel uncomfortable or embarrassed due to being difficult to deal with, often marked by a lack of grace, skill, or social competence. It can also refer to something not smoothly or efficiently done, potentially causing inconvenience.
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 awkward boy
not easily managed or effected; embarrassing
perverse; adverse; untoward
Awkward is an album by Ty. It was released in 2001 on Ninja Tune records.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
awk′ward, adj. clumsy: ungraceful: embarrassed: difficult to deal with: (Shak.) unfavourable: (obs.) froward.—adj. Awk′wardish.—adv. Awk′wardly, clumsily, embarrassingly, dangerously.—n. Awk′wardness. [Prob. Ice. afug, turned wrong way, and suff. -ward, expressing direction.]
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Awkward is ranked #104602 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Awkward surname appeared 171 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Awkward.
88.3% or 151 total occurrences were Black.
6.4% or 11 total occurrences were White.
3.5% or 6 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
British National Corpus
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'awkward' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2554
Rank popularity for the word 'awkward' in Adjectives Frequency: #741
The numerical value of awkward in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of awkward in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Husbands are awkward things to deal with even keeping them in hot water will not make them tender.
It was a very awkward situation, the colonial government's department of conservation started opening up pots in the local communities to see what was in those pots.
They are just quality holes out there, it's an incredible bunch of holes on not an amazing piece of land, really, compared it to a lot of other great courses. Cool and interesting stuff uphill, downhill, Geoff Ogilvy have to move the ball both ways, awkward angles. It's just a great golf course, really. And it's immaculate this year. Nobody likes the drought in California, but it's good for a course like this to dry out a little bit.
Many great writers have been extraordinarily awkward in daily exchange, but the greatest give the impression that their style was nursed by the closest attention to colloquial speech.
The Unexpected always comes at the most awkward times.
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Translations for awkward
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- غير ملائمArabic
- неприятен, неудобен, несръчен, неловък, непохватенBulgarian
- maldestreCatalan, Valencian
- nešikovný, neobratný, nepříjemný, nepříjemnéCzech
- Umstände machend, unangenehm, verkorkst, betreten, peinlich, ungelenk, umständlich, unbeholfen, ungeschickt, beklemmend, verdreht, tölpelhaft, tollpatschigGerman
- senaplombiga, konsterna, maloportuna, mallertaEsperanto
- desmañado, torpe, delicado, embarazosoSpanish
- بی دست و پا - به شکلی نامناسبPersian
- kiusallinen, hankala, vaikea, piinallinen, yököttävä, kömpelö, vastenmielinen, tuskallinenFinnish
- inconvenant, embarrassant, maladroit, gênantFrench
- klunnalegur, pínlegur, vandræðalegurIcelandic
- maldestro, scomodo, delicato, poco opportuno, imbarazzato, impacciato, inopportuno, imbarazzante, difficile, poco maneggevole, goffoItalian
- ぎごちない, 不器用, 厄介なJapanese
- незгоден, терсенеMacedonian
- genant, ongemakkelijk, onhandigDutch
- pinlig, klønete, klumseteNorwegian
- nieprzyjemny, nieśmiały, niezręcznyPolish
- desconcertante, constrangedor, desajeitado, incómodo, bisonhoPortuguese
- неловкий, неуклюжий, затруднительный, неудобный, неловкоRussian
- genant, pinsam, besvärligSwedish
- kullanışsız, beceriksiz, sakar, uygunsuz, garipTurkish
- lúng túngVietnamese
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