- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɔːkwəd/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɔkwɚd/
- (Canada, cot–caught merger) IPA(key): /ˈɑkwɚd/
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- Hyphenation: awk‧ward
- (obsolete) 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 practice to improve.
- Not easily managed or effected; embarrassing.
- That was an extremely awkward moment. Everyone was watching.
- An awkward silence had fallen.
- Lacking social skills, or uncomfortable with social interaction.
- I'm very awkward at parties.
- Things get very awkward whenever 60-year old men use cheesy pick-up lines on me.
- Perverse; adverse; difficult to handle.
- He's a right awkward chap.
- These cabinets are going to be very awkward when we move.
lacking dexterity in the use of the hands
not easily managed or effected; embarrassing
perverse; adverse; untoward
awkward (plural awkwards)
- Someone or something that is awkward.
2013, Leo Marks, Between Silk and Cyanide: A Code Maker's War 1941-45, page link:
- 'The monthly awkwards
1975, Eliza Ripley, Social Life in Old New Orleans, page 12:
- Another important branch of deportment was to seat the awkwards stiffly on the extreme edge of a chair, fold the hands on the very precarious lap, droop the eyes in a pensive way.
2014, Grace Helbig, Grace's Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-up, page 76:
- That is a way to make awkwards. And it's not fun to hang out with awkwards more than once.