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lacking skill or dexterity. clumsy, inept; unskillful, unhandy, inexpert. deft, adroit, skillful, dexterous; handy.
lacking grace or ease in movement: an awkward gesture; an awkward dancer. uncoordinated, graceless, ungainly; gawky; maladroit; clumsy. graceful.
lacking social graces or manners: a simple, awkward frontiersman. gauche, unpolished, unrefined; blundering, oafish; ill-mannered, unmannerly, ill-bred. 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. unwieldy, cumbersome, unmanageable; inconvenient, difficult, troublesome.
requiring caution; somewhat hazardous: an awkward turn in the road. 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. unpleasant, trying, difficult; uncomfortable, ticklish, touchy.
Obsolete. untoward; perverse.

1300–50; Middle English, equivalent to awk(e), auk(e) ‘backhanded’, Old English *afoc (< Old Norse ǫfugr ‘turned the wrong way’; cognate with Old Saxon, Old High German abuh, Old English afu(h)lic ‘wrong’, off) + -ward -ward

awkwardly, adverb
awkwardness, noun
unawkward, adjective
unawkwardly, adverb
unawkwardness, noun
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awkward (ˈɔːkwəd)
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]

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., "in the wrong direction," from awk "back-handed" + adverbial suffix -weard (see -ward). Meaning "clumsy" first recorded 1520s.
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