November 17, 2019
Learner's Word of the Day
awkward /ˈɑːkwɚd/ adjective

more awkward; most awkward

An awkward moment
An awkward moment
Learner's definition of 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.

1 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.

3 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.

awkwardly adverb

  • The baby was crawling awkwardly on her hands and knees.

  • He fell and landed awkwardly.

  • an awkwardly written sentence

awkwardness noun, plural awkwardnesses


  • A moment of awkwardness occurred after the introduction.

  • the awkwardness of the writing


  • There was an awkwardness between us when we last saw each other.

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