lacking skill or dexterity.
Synonyms: clumsy, inept; unskillful, unhandy, inexpert.
Antonyms: deft, adroit, skillful, dexterous; handy.
lacking grace or ease in movement: an awkward gesture;
an awkward dancer.
Synonyms: uncoordinated, graceless, ungainly; gawky; maladroit; clumsy.
lacking social graces or manners:
a simple, awkward frontiersman.
Synonyms: gauche, unpolished, unrefined; blundering, oafish; ill-mannered, unmannerly, ill-bred.
Antonyms: gracious; polite, well-mannered, well-bred; smooth, polished, refined.
not well planned or designed for easy or effective use: an awkward instrument;
an awkward method.
Synonyms: unwieldy, cumbersome, unmanageable; inconvenient, difficult, troublesome.
requiring caution; somewhat hazardous:
an awkward turn in the road.
Synonyms: dangerous, risky, unsafe, chancy; perilous, precarious, treacherous.
hard to deal with; difficult; requiring skill, tact, or the like: an awkward situation;
an awkward customer.
embarrassing or inconvenient; caused by lack of social grace:
an awkward moment.
Synonyms: unpleasant, trying, difficult; uncomfortable, ticklish, touchy.
Obsolete. untoward; perverse.
Then, a succinct slaying of the awful “We Built That” meme which so awkwardly defined the convention in Tampa.
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When Don bails the next day, and Amy awkwardly bounces, Megan is once again left all alone, and frustrated.
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On the Simenon bookshelf, it stands alone, anomalous, and awkwardly aloof.
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Mottola awkwardly complimented them, and the next day Jackson sent two of them to his office.
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“Go ahead,” said John, awkwardly, and quite unaware of what was forthcoming.
The Cottage of Delight Will N. Harben
The situation was awkward, and awkwardly he got himself out of it.
Quaint Courtships Various
There was nothing Ansell loathed so much as the hearty Britisher; but he shook hands, and they stared at each other awkwardly.
The Longest Journey E. M. Forster
Smith swung out as awkwardly as a turkey on a chopping block.
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Now was the opportunity for Bonaparte to take up the rôle of Cromwell which Hoche had so awkwardly played.
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lacking dexterity, proficiency, or skill; clumsy; inept: the new recruits were awkward in their exercises
ungainly or inelegant in movements or posture: despite a great deal of practice she remained an awkward dancer
unwieldy; difficult to use: an awkward implement
embarrassing: an awkward moment
embarrassed: he felt awkward about leaving
difficult to deal with; requiring tact: an awkward situation, an awkward customer
deliberately uncooperative or unhelpful: he could help but he is being awkward
dangerous or difficult: an awkward ascent of the ridge
mid-14c., “in the wrong direction,” from awk “back-handed” + adverbial suffix -weard (see -ward). Meaning “clumsy” first recorded 1520s. Related: Awkwardly. Other formations from awk, none of them surviving, were awky, awkly, awkness.
lacking skill or dexterity. Synonyms: clumsy, inept; unskillful, unhandy, inexpert. Antonyms: deft, adroit, skillful, dexterous; handy. lacking grace or ease in movement: an awkward gesture; an awkward dancer. Synonyms: uncoordinated, graceless, ungainly; gawky; maladroit; clumsy. Antonyms: graceful. lacking social graces or manners: a simple, awkward frontiersman. Synonyms: gauche, unpolished, unrefined; blundering, oafish; ill-mannered, unmannerly, ill-bred. […]
having the shape of an awl. subulate (def 2). Historical Examples The genus is characterized by awl-shaped spines which are distant at the base. The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise M. E. Hard The umbellets are alternate, awl-shaped, with distinct flowers. The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines T. H. Pardo de Tavera Placed among the spicules […]
a pointed instrument for piercing small holes in leather, wood, etc. absent with leave. Contemporary Examples This philosophy neatly sums up the success of The awl, created by former Gawker-ites Alex Balk and Choire Sicha. The Next Year in Media Rachel Sklar January 2, 2010 This second view was given representative voice by Choire Sicha […]
- Awl snail
any tiny, usually white land snail of the family Subulinidae, some introduced species being pests of hothouse flowers.