gawkishness

gawky

[gaw-kee]
adjective, gawkier, gawkiest.
awkward; ungainly; clumsy.
Also, gawkish [gaw-kish] .


Origin:
1715–25; gawk + -y1

gawkily, gawkishly, adverb
gawkiness, gawkishness, noun
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gawky or gawkish (ˈɡɔːkɪ)
 
adj , gawkier, gawkiest
1.  clumsy or ungainly; awkward
2.  dialect (West Yorkshire) left-handed
 
gawkish or gawkish
 
adj
 
'gawkily or gawkish
 
adv
 
'gawkishly or gawkish
 
adv
 
'gawkiness or gawkish
 
n
 
'gawkishness or gawkish
 
n

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gawky
"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-Fr. relations.
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