July 14, 2017
Learner's Word of the Day
awkward /ˈɑːkwɚd/ adjective
awkward
/ˈɑːkwɚd/
adjective
The man is doing an awkward dance.
The man is doing an awkward dance.
Learner's definition of AWKWARD

[more awkward; most awkward]

1 a : not graceful : CLUMSY

  • She is awkward at dancing.

  • He had large feet and his walk was awkward and ungainly.

  • an awkward movement

  • The story contained some awkward writing.

b : lacking skill

  • She is an awkward writer.

2 : difficult to use or handle

  • The machine is very awkward to operate.

  • an awkward tool

  • The box isn't heavy but it has an awkward shape and size. [=its shape and size make it difficult to carry]

3 a : not easy to deal with

  • It was an awkward [=embarrassing] moment for everyone.

  • I often find myself in awkward situations.

  • He was put in the awkward position of having to write the memo.

  • There was an awkward pause in the conversation.

b : not socially graceful or confident : uneasy or uncomfortable

  • I feel awkward (about) having to ask you to help.

  • He feels awkward with/around strangers.

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