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Definitions and Synonyms of awkward | Another word for awkward | What is awkward?

Definition 1: lacking grace or skill in manner or movement or performance - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where awkward or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an awkward dancer
  • an awkward gesture
  • too awkward with a needle to make her own clothes
  • his clumsy fingers produced an awkward knot

(awkward is similar to ...) lacking grace in movement or posture

"a gawky lad with long ungainly legs" "clumsy fingers" "what an ungainly creature a giraffe is" "heaved his unwieldy figure out of his chair"

(awkward is similar to ...) lacking grace; clumsy

"a graceless production of the play" "his stature low...his bearing ungraceful"

(awkward is similar to ...) lacking natural ease

"a labored style of debating"

(awkward is similar to ...) lacking ease or grace

"the actor's performance was wooden" "a wooden smile"

(means also ...) not adroit

"a maladroit movement of his hand caused the car to swerve" "a maladroit translation" "maladroit propaganda"

(means also ...) displeasing to the senses

"an ugly face" "ugly furniture"

Definition 2: hard to deal with; especially causing pain or embarrassment - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where awkward or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for awkward in the sense of this definition

(awkward is similar to ...) not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure

"a difficult task" "nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access" "difficult times" "why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?"

Definition 3: causing inconvenience - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where awkward or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they arrived at an awkward time

(awkward is similar to ...) not suited to your comfort, purpose or needs

"it is inconvenient not to have a telephone in the kitchen" "the back hall is an inconvenient place for the telephone"

Definition 4: not elegant or graceful in expression - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where awkward or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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?

Synonyms for awkward in the sense of this definition

(awkward is similar to ...) not appropriate in application; defective

"an infelicitous remark" "infelicitous phrasing" "the infelicitous typesetting was due to illegible copy"

Definition 5: socially uncomfortable; unsure and constrained in manner - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where awkward or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • awkward and reserved at parties
  • ill at ease among eddies of people he didn't know
  • was always uneasy with strangers

Synonyms for awkward in the sense of this definition

(awkward is similar to ...) conducive to or feeling mental discomfort

"this kind of life can prove disruptive and uncomfortable" "the uncomfortable truth" "grew uncomfortable beneath his appraising eye" "an uncomfortable way of surprising me just when I felt surest" "the teacher's presence at the conference made the child very uncomfortable"

Definition 6: difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where awkward or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an awkward bundle to carry
  • a load of bunglesome paraphernalia
  • clumsy wooden shoes
  • the cello, a rather ungainly instrument for a girl

Synonyms for awkward in the sense of this definition

(awkward is similar to ...) difficult to use or handle or manage because of size or weight or shape

"we set about towing the unwieldy structure into the shelter" "almost dropped the unwieldy parcel"

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