awkwardly


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.awkwardly - in an awkward mannerawkwardly - in an awkward manner; "he bent awkwardly"
Translations
بِصورَة مُربِكَه
neobratněnevhodnětrapně
kejtet
vandræîalega; klaufalega
nešikovne
acemicebeceriksizcehantalca

awkwardly

[ˈɔːkwədlɪ] ADV
1. (= uncomfortably) [say, shake hands] → con embarazo
there was an awkwardly long silencehubo un silencio largo y embarazoso
Sonia patted her shoulder awkwardlySonia, violenta or incómoda, le dio unas palmaditas en el hombro
2. (= clumsily) [move, walk, dance] → torpemente, con torpeza; [translate] → con poca fluidez
he expresses himself awkwardlyse expresa mal, le cuesta expresarse
he fell awkwardlycayó en mala postura
the keyhole is awkwardly placed under the handleel ojo de la cerradura está colocado bajo el picaporte, lo cual resulta incómodo

awkwardly

[ˈɔːkwərdli] adv
(= clumsily) [fall] → mal
(= unhelpfully) awkwardly placed → placé(e) à un endroit peu accessible
(= embarrassingly)
There was an awkwardly long silence → Il y eut un silence d'une longueur gênante.
an awkwardly timed meeting → une réunion qui intervient à un moment peu opportun
(= embarrassedly) [say] → d'un ton emprunté, d'un ton embarrassé

awkwardly

adv
(= clumsily) fall, move, express oneself, translateungeschickt; lieunbequem; hangmerkwürdig; awkwardly placedan einem ungünstigen Ort; awkwardly timedzu einer ungünstigen Zeit
(= embarrassingly)peinlich
(= embarrassedly)verlegen; (= shamefacedly)betreten
(= clumsily)unbeholfen

awkwardly

[ˈɔːkwədlɪ] adv (behave) → goffamente; (move) → in modo impacciato; (write) → in modo contorto

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
References in classic literature ?
I thought I would go for a little walk," replied the son stepping awkwardly out of the room and closing the door.
While I stood awkwardly confronting the two girls, Krajiek came up from the barn to see what was going on.
I closed up alongside of a burly fellow with a fat good-humored face, purposing to make myself agree- able and pick up some further crumbs of fact; but I had hardly more than scraped acquaintance with him when he began eagerly and awkwardly to lead up, in the immemorial way, to that same old anecdote -- the one Sir Dinadan told me, what time I got into trouble with Sir Sagramor and was challenged of him on ac- count of it.
Do you think," said Colin a little awkwardly, "that will make my father like me?
In they all came, one after another; some shyly, some boldly, some gracefully, some awkwardly, some pushing, some pulling; in they all came, anyhow and everyhow.
We all looked awkwardly at the table-cloth while this was going on.
The precious days sped in this way; and Raoul and Christine, by affecting excessive interest in outside matters, strove awkwardly to hide from each other the one thought of their hearts.
He made a sorry enough figure as he climbed awkwardly upon the stage, but when he had gained it, he towered full half a head above the other, for all his awkwardness.
SQUIRE NASEBY, on sitting down to lunch, had inquired for Dick, whom he had not seen since the day before at dinner; and the servant answering awkwardly that Master Richard had come back but had gone out again with the pony phaeton, his suspicions became aroused, and he cross-questioned the man until the whole was out.
When they wished to change their place, they took little jumps, made by the contraction of their bodies, and helped awkwardly enough by their imperfect fin, which, as with the lamantin, their cousins, forms a perfect forearm.
But, awkwardly enough, the guards now appeared at the rear of the temple, and there installed themselves, in readiness to prevent a surprise.
Then out of the bushes came three Beast People, with hunched shoulders, protruding heads, misshapen hands awkwardly held, and inquisitive, unfriendly eyes and advanced towards me with hesitating gestures.