- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɔːk/
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- (US) IPA(key): /ɔːk/
- (US, cot–caught merger) IPA(key): /ɑːk/
- Rhymes: -ɔːk, -ɑːk
- Homophone: auk
From Middle English [Term?], from Old Norse ǫfugr, ǫfigr, afigr (“turned backwards”) (whence Danish avet (“backwards”), Swedish avig (“turned backwards”)), from Proto-Germanic *abuhaz. Cognate with German äbich, Gothic 𐌹𐌱𐌿𐌺𐍃 (ibuks, “turned back”). Akin to Sanskrit अपाच् (apāc, “turned away”) . Compare dialectal Danish ave (“to turn”), Dutch averechts (“opposite, backwards, contrary”), Icelandic öfga (“to reverse”).
- (obsolete) Odd; out of order; perverse.
- (obsolete) Wrong, or not commonly used; clumsy; sinister
- 1567, Arthur Golding, Metamorphoses:
- the awk end of hir charmed rod
- (obsolete, UK, dialect) Clumsy in performance or manners; not dexterous; awkward.
- Synonym: unhandy
- 1815 Sir Egerton Brydges, Archaica: Harvey's Four letters, and sonnets, touching Robert Greene; Pierce's supererogation; [and] New letter of notable contents. Brathwaite's Essays upon the five senses, From the private press of Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, printed by T. Davison, p142
- […] whose wild and madbrain humour nothing fitteth so just, as the stalest dudgen or absurdest balductum, that they or their mates can invent in odd and awk speeches […]
- (US slang, of a situation) Awkward; uncomfortable.
From the initial letters of the surnames of its authors: Alfred Aho, Peter Weinberger, and Brian Kernighan.
- (computing) A Unix scripting language or the command line interface itself.
- I used C, Perl, the Bourne shell, and some awk and tcl to implement these projects.