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[gaw-kee] /ˈgɔ ki/
adjective, gawkier, gawkiest.
awkward; ungainly; clumsy.
Also, gawkish
[gaw-kish] /ˈgɔ kɪʃ/ (Show IPA)
Origin of gawky
1715-25; gawk + -y1
Related forms
gawkily, gawkishly, adverb
gawkiness, gawkishness, noun Unabridged
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  • How a young lover made ridiculous by the gawkiness of modern costume must envy the picturesque gallants of seventy years ago!

  • In another year he would doubtless lose all his gawkiness and become quite a gallant.

    A Love Episode Emile Zola
  • But in place of gawkiness and grunts, the golden virtue of silence, and the conscious pride of natural dignity.

  • And it was only a certain gaucherie, a gawkiness on Anna's part that irritated her against the girl.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • It's "raw-bone" and gawkiness has swept things before it, and has built up great things in all times.

    How to Read Human Nature William Walker Atkinson
British Dictionary definitions for gawkiness


adjective gawkier, gawkiest
clumsy or ungainly; awkward
(West Yorkshire, dialect) left-handed
Derived Forms
gawkily, gawkishly, adverb
gawkiness, gawkishness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for gawkiness



"awkward, ungainly," 1724, from gawk hand "left hand" (1703), perhaps a contraction of gaulick, thus "gaulish hand," derogatory slang that could have originated during some period of strained Anglo-French relations, i.e. most of recorded history.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for gawkiness



Awkward; ill-coordinated (1759+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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