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Princeton's WordNet

  1. awkwardness, clumsiness, ineptness, ineptitude, maladroitness, slownessnoun

    unskillfulness resulting from a lack of training

  2. awkwardness, nuisance valuenoun

    the quality of an embarrassing situation

    "he sensed the awkwardness of his proposal"

  3. awkwardness, clumsinessnoun

    the carriage of someone whose movements and posture are ungainly or inelegant

  4. awkwardness, clumsiness, gracelessness, stiffnessnoun

    the inelegance of someone stiff and unrelaxed (as by embarrassment)

  5. awkwardness, cumbersomeness, unwieldinessnoun

    trouble in carrying or managing caused by bulk or shape

    "the movers cursed the unwieldiness of the big piano"


  1. awkwardnessnoun

    The state or quality of being awkward

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Awkwardnessnoun

    Inelegance; want of gentility; oddness; unsuitableness.

    Etymology: from awkward.

    One may observe awkwardness in the Italians, which easily discovers their airs not to be natural. Joseph Addison, Rem. on Italy.

    All his airs of behaviour have a certain awkwardness in them; but these awkward airs are worn away by degrees in company. Isaac Watts, Improvement of the Mind.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of awkwardness in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of awkwardness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of awkwardness in a Sentence

  1. Kelsey Crowe:

    I wanted the tone of this book to be super friendly and relatable and even light so People You aren't turned off by it because it's such a heavy topic, encountering Emily's work, it seemed like such a good pairing of mindsets about how to make People You feel comfortable with the awkwardness of this situation, which is being there in times of suffering.

  2. Pierre Tariot:

    There is an element of stigma here towards brain and mental health problems in general, i would call it professional awkwardness. I can't really help this condition, why invest time and energy talking about it, it makes me squirm.

  3. Emily McDowell:

    We just don't know what to say as a culture. It's not something we are taught, people You are terrified of saying the wrong thing or making it worse or feeling awkward, and awkwardness is scary for People You. I wanted to make a book that was attractive to people who would be scared off by a self-help book.

  4. Shahar Hameiri:

    There's not going to be any full-throated embrace of Russia( at The BRICS summit), there's no doubt about it, and I'm sure there's gon na be plenty of awkwardness there... but behind the awkwardness( de-dollarization) is one area where these governments do have a shared interest, any kind of meaningful steps away from( a US dollar-denominated system) are potentially significant.

  5. Amanda Rodriguez:

    I began to feel uncomfortable being naked in front of them because of the questions and the poking and prodding and search for Mommy's 'inside penis' -- that's what they thought a vagina was, i don't think it makes them terrible people or scars them for life if they stumble into the bathroom while I'm going, but it's easily avoidable awkwardness none of us really needs to experience on a daily basis.

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