What does awkward mean?

Definitions for awkward
ˈɔk wərdawk·ward

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word awkward.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. awkwardadjective

    causing inconvenience

    "they arrived at an awkward time"

  2. awkwardadjective

    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"

  3. 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"

  4. 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?"

  5. 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"

  6. 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"

Wiktionary

  1. awkwardadverb

    In a backwards direction.

  2. awkwardadjective

    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.

  3. awkwardadjective

    Not easily managed or effected; embarrassing

    That was an extremely awkward moment. Everyone was watching.

  4. awkwardadjective

    Lacking social skills, or uncomfortable with social interaction

  5. awkwardadjective

    Perverse; adverse; difficult to handle

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Awkwardadjective

    Etymology: [ æward, Saxon; that is, backward, untoward.

    Proud Italy,
    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.

ChatGPT

  1. awkward

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Awkwardadjective

    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

  2. Awkwardadjective

    not easily managed or effected; embarrassing

  3. Awkwardadjective

    perverse; adverse; untoward

Freebase

  1. Awkward

    Awkward is an album by Ty. It was released in 2001 on Ninja Tune records.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Awkward

    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

  1. AWKWARD

    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

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'awkward' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2554

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'awkward' in Adjectives Frequency: #741

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of awkward in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of awkward in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of awkward in a Sentence

  1. Mary Lorraine Buckley:

    Husbands are awkward things to deal with even keeping them in hot water will not make them tender.

  2. John Kasaona:

    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.

  3. Geoff Ogilvy:

    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.

  4. Thornton Wilder:

    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.

  5. Larry Niven:

    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
  • akavetDanish
  • Umstände machend, unangenehm, verkorkst, betreten, peinlich, ungelenk, umständlich, unbeholfen, ungeschickt, beklemmend, verdreht, tölpelhaft, tollpatschigGerman
  • αδέξιοςGreek
  • 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
  • anástaIrish
  • भद्दाHindi
  • kínosHungarian
  • canggungIndonesian
  • klunnalegur, pínlegur, vandræðalegurIcelandic
  • maldestro, scomodo, delicato, poco opportuno, imbarazzato, impacciato, inopportuno, imbarazzante, difficile, poco maneggevole, goffoItalian
  • מוזרHebrew
  • ぎごちない, 不器用, 厄介なJapanese
  • ಪೇಚಿನKannada
  • 어색한Korean
  • inconcinnusLatin
  • tahangoiMāori
  • незгоден, терсенеMacedonian
  • genant, ongemakkelijk, onhandigDutch
  • pinlig, klønete, klumseteNorwegian
  • nieprzyjemny, nieśmiały, niezręcznyPolish
  • desconcertante, constrangedor, desajeitado, incómodo, bisonhoPortuguese
  • incomodRomanian
  • неловкий, неуклюжий, затруднительный, неудобный, неловкоRussian
  • genant, pinsam, besvärligSwedish
  • விகாரமானTamil
  • ఇబ్బందికరమైనTelugu
  • kullanışsız, beceriksiz, sakar, uygunsuz, garipTurkish
  • незграбнийUkrainian
  • عجیبUrdu
  • lúng túngVietnamese
  • ומגעלומפּערטYiddish
  • 尷尬Chinese

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