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awk·ward

 (ôk′wərd)
adj.
1. Not graceful; ungainly.
2.
a. Not dexterous; clumsy.
b. Clumsily or unskillfully performed: The opera was marred by an awkward aria.
3.
a. Difficult to handle or manage: an awkward bundle to carry.
b. Difficult to effect; uncomfortable: an awkward pose.
4.
a. Marked by or causing embarrassment or discomfort: an awkward remark; an awkward silence.
b. Requiring great tact, ingenuity, skill, and discretion: An awkward situation arose during the peace talks.

[Middle English awkeward, in the wrong way : awke, wrong (from Old Norse öfugr, backward; see apo- in Indo-European roots) + -ward, -ward.]

awk′ward·ly adv.
awk′ward·ness n.

awkward

(ˈɔːkwəd)
adj
1. lacking dexterity, proficiency, or skill; clumsy; inept: the new recruits were awkward in their exercises.
2. ungainly or inelegant in movements or posture: despite a great deal of practice she remained an awkward dancer.
3. unwieldy; difficult to use: an awkward implement.
4. embarrassing: an awkward moment.
5. embarrassed: he felt awkward about leaving.
6. difficult to deal with; requiring tact: an awkward situation; an awkward customer.
7. deliberately uncooperative or unhelpful: he could help but he is being awkward.
8. dangerous or difficult: an awkward ascent of the ridge.
9. obsolete perverse
[C14 awk, from Old Norse öfugr turned the wrong way round + -ward]
ˈawkwardly adv
ˈawkwardness n

awk•ward

(ˈɔk wərd)

adj.
1. lacking skill or dexterity; clumsy.
2. lacking grace or ease, as in movement or posture: an awkward gesture.
3. lacking social graces or manners.
4. ill-adapted for ease of use or handling: an awkward tool.
5. requiring caution; somewhat hazardous; dangerous: an awkward turn in the road.
6. hard to deal with; difficult; requiring skill or tact: an awkward situation.
7. embarrassing or inconvenient; caused by lack of social grace: an awkward moment.
8. Obs. untoward; perverse.
[1300–50; Middle English, =awk(e) backhanded, Old English *afoc (< Old Norse ǫfugr turned the wrong way) + -ward -ward]
awk′ward•ly, adv.
awk′ward•ness, n.

awkward

- Comes from Old Norse awk, "perverse," and weard, "in the direction of," i.e. "turned back upon itself" or "turned backward."
See also related terms for perverse.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.awkward - causing inconvenience; "they arrived at an awkward time"
inconvenient - 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"
2.awkward - lacking grace or skill in manner or movement or performanceawkward - lacking grace or skill in manner or movement or performance; "an awkward dancer"; "an awkward gesture"; "too awkward with a needle to make her own clothes"; "his clumsy fingers produced an awkward knot"
maladroit - not adroit; "a maladroit movement of his hand caused the car to swerve"; "a maladroit translation"; "maladroit propaganda"
ugly - displeasing to the senses; "an ugly face"; "ugly furniture"
graceful - characterized by beauty of movement, style, form, or execution
3.awkward - difficult to handle or manage especially because of shapeawkward - difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape; "an awkward bundle to carry"; "a load of bunglesome paraphernalia"; "clumsy wooden shoes"; "the cello, a rather ungainly instrument for a girl"
unmanageable, unwieldy - 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"
4.awkward - not elegant or graceful in expression; "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?"
infelicitous - not appropriate in application; defective; "an infelicitous remark"; "infelicitous phrasing"; "the infelicitous typesetting was due to illegible copy"
5.awkward - hard to deal withawkward - hard to deal with; especially causing pain or embarrassment; "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"
difficult, hard - 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?"
6.awkward - socially uncomfortable; unsure and constrained in manner; "awkward and reserved at parties"; "ill at ease among eddies of people he didn't know"; "was always uneasy with strangers"
uncomfortable - 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"

awkward

adjective
2. inconvenient, difficult, troublesome, cumbersome, unwieldy, unmanageable, clunky (informal), unhandy It was heavy enough to make it awkward to carry.
inconvenient easy, convenient, handy
5. embarrassed, nervous, uncomfortable, uneasy, self-conscious He was rather awkward with his godson.

awkward

adjective
1. Lacking dexterity and grace in physical movement:
Slang: klutzy.
Idiom: all thumbs.
2. Clumsily lacking in the ability to do or perform:
3. Characterized by inappropriateness and gracelessness, especially in expression:
4. Difficult to handle or manage:
5. Characterized by embarrassment and discomfort:
Translations
حَرِج، مُحْرِج، مُربِكغَير بارِع، غَير لَبِق، غَير رَشيقمُحْرِج
neobratnýnepříjemnýtrapnýnešikovnýnevhodný
akavetkejtetpinligubekvemvanskelig
kömpelövaikeahankalakiusallinen
neugodan
klunnalegurvandræîalegur
不器用な
서투른
negrabiainegrabumasnegrabusnejaukusnemalonus
lempīgsneērtsneveikls
mučennelagodennerodennespretenzoprn
genantgeneradpinsam
งุ่มง่าม
ngượng ngịu

awkward

[ˈɔːkwəd] ADJ
1. (= inconvenient, difficult) [moment, time] → malo; [shape] → incómodo, poco práctico; [corner] → peligroso
have I called at an awkward moment?¿he llamado en mal momento?
this scandal comes at an awkward moment for the governmenteste escándalo llega en un momento difícil or en un mal momento para el gobierno
to be at an awkward ageestar en una edad difícil
he's being awkward about itestá poniendo inconvenientes
he's an awkward customeres un tipo difícil, es un sujeto de cuidado
Thursday is awkward for meel jueves no me viene bien
to make things awkward for sbponer las cosas difíciles a algn, crear dificultades a algn
it would be awkward to postpone my trip againsería difícil volver a aplazar mi viaje
it's not far, but it's awkward to get to by public transportno está lejos, pero es complicado llegar en transporte público
it's very awkward to carryes muy difícil de llevar
2. (= embarrassing, uncomfortable) [silence] → embarazoso; [problem, question] → delicado, difícil; [situation] → delicado, violento; [matter, subject] → delicado
to feel awkwardsentirse incómodo
he had always felt awkward with Clarasiempre se había sentido incómodo con Claranunca se había sentido a gusto con Clara
I felt awkward about asking her for a riseme resultaba violento pedirle un aumento de sueldo
there was an awkward moment whenhubo un momento violento or embarazoso cuando ...
to put sb in an awkward positionponer a algn en una situación embarazosa or delicada, poner a algn en un compromiso
3. (= clumsy) [person, gesture, movement] → torpe; [phrasing] → poco elegante, torpe
to sleep in an awkward positiondormir en mala posición

awkward

[ˈɔːkwərd] adj
(= clumsy) [person, gesture] → gauche, maladroit(e)
awkward to carry → peu pratique à porter
(= inconvenient, difficult) [time] → peu opportun(e); [age] → ingrat(e)
at an awkward time → à un moment peu opportun
he's at an awkward age → il est dans l'âge ingrat
to be awkward for sb to do sth
It's a bit awkward for me to come and see you → Ce n'est pas très pratique pour moi de venir vous voir.
(= embarrassing) [question, situation] → gênant(e)
an awkward situation → une situation délicate

awkward

adj
(= difficult)schwierig; time, moment, angle, shapeungünstig; 4 o’clock is a bit awkward (for me)4 Uhr ist ein bisschen ungünstig or schlecht (inf)(für mich); to make things awkward for somebodyjdm Schwierigkeiten machen; awkward customerübler Bursche (inf)
(= embarrassing)peinlich
(= embarrassed)verlegen; (= shamefaced)betreten; silencebetreten; I was at an awkward ageich war in einem schwierigen Alter; I feel awkward about thatdas ist mir unangenehm; I feel awkward about doing thates ist mir unangenehm, das zu tun; to feel awkward in somebody’s companysich in jds Gesellschaft (dat)nicht wohlfühlen; I felt awkward when I had to …es war mir unangenehm or peinlich, als ich … musste
(= clumsy) person, movement, styleunbeholfen

awkward

[ˈɔːkwəd] adj
a. (difficult, problem, question, situation, task) → delicato/a, difficile; (silence) → imbarazzante (Aut) (corner) → brutto/a; (inconvenient) → scomodo/a; (time, moment) → poco opportuno/a; (tool) → poco maneggevole, scomodo/a; (shape) → difficile
you've caught me at an awkward time → mi hai pescato in un momento poco opportuno
Friday is awkward for me → venerdì mi riesce scomodo
she's being awkward about it → sta rendendo la cosa un po' difficile
he's an awkward customer → è un tipo difficile
b. (clumsy, person) → goffo/a; (gesture, movement) → impacciato/a; (style, phrasing) → contorto/a
the awkward age → l'età difficile

awkward

(ˈoːkwəd) adjective
1. not graceful or elegant. an awkward movement.
2. difficult or causing difficulty, embarrassment etc. an awkward question; an awkward silence; His cut is in an awkward place.
ˈawkwardly adverb
ˈawkwardness noun

awkward

مُحْرِج trapný akavet ungünstig αδέξιος incómodo kömpelö gauche neugodan imbarazzante 不器用な 서투른 lastig keitet dziwny desajeitado, embaraçoso затруднительный generad งุ่มง่าม aksi, beceriksiz, ters, sıkıntılı ngượng ngịu 笨拙的

awkward

a. [movement] torpe; desmañado-a; [appearance] extraño-a;
___ feelingsentimiento extraño.
References in classic literature ?
If the Laurences had been what Jo called `prim and poky', she would not have got on at all, for such people always made her shy and awkward.
I thought I would take a walk," replied George Willard, who felt awkward and confused.
She'll be awkward and rough at first, like enough,' grandmother said anxiously, `but unless she's been spoiled by the hard life she's led, she has it in her to be a real helpful girl.
She made an awkward, imperious little bow as she went in.
The savage spoke carelessly to his comrades, who were busied, after their awkward manner, in preparing the horses for the reception of the sisters, and moved a little to one side, whither by a cautious gesture he induced Heyward to follow.
It is a very genuine admiration, that with which persons too shy or too awkward to take a due part in the bustling world regard the real actors in life's stirring scenes; so genuine, in fact, that the former are usually fain to make it palatable to their self-love, by assuming that these active and forcible qualities are incompatible with others, which they choose to deem higher and more important.
The awkward thing was that they had practically no other relations and that his own affairs took up all his time.
Yes, sir," said John, "it would be rather awkward if one of these branches came down upon us.
The clerk was an old crony of the proprietor's, an awkward, rawboned giant of a man, with a lean, sallow face, a broad mouth, and whiskers under his chin, the very type and body of a prairie farmer.
Really, it will be something pretty awkward for me, if she is.
It grew darker and darker and blacker and blacker, while I struggled with those awkward sixth-century clothes.
And when you throw at a rat or anything, hitch yourself up a tiptoe and fetch your hand up over your head as awkward as you can, and miss your rat about six or seven foot.