Something that is awkward to use or carry is difficult to use or carry because of its design. A job that is awkward is difficult to do. It was small but heavy enough to make it awkward to carry Full-size tripods can be awkward, especially if you're shooting a low-level subject. = tricky + awkwardly awk·ward·ly The autoexposure button is awkwardly placed under the lens release button
Someone who feels awkward behaves in a shy or embarrassed way. Women frequently say that they feel awkward taking the initiative in sex = uncomfortable + awkwardly awk·ward·ly `This is Malcolm,' the girl said awkwardly, to fill the silence
An awkward situation is embarrassing and difficult to deal with. I was the first to ask him awkward questions but there'll be harder ones to come There was an awkward moment as couples decided whether to stand next to their partners. = tricky + awkwardly awk·ward·ly There was an awkwardly long silence
not elegant or graceful in expression; "an awkward prose style"; "a clumsy apology"; "his cumbersome writing style"; "if the rumor is true, can anything be more inept than to repeat it now?"
hard to deal with; especially causing pain or embarrassment; "awkward (or embarrassing or difficult) moments in the discussion"; "an awkward pause followed his remark"; "a sticky question"; "in the unenviable position of resorting to an act he hadplanned to save for the climax of the campaign"
Wanting dexterity in the use of the hands, or of instruments; not dexterous; without skill; clumsy; wanting ease, grace, or effectiveness in movement; ungraceful; as, he was awkward at a trick; an awkward boy
Wanting dexterity in the use of the hands, or of instruments; as, he was awkward at a trick; an awkward boy
An awkward movement or position is uncomfortable or clumsy. Amy made an awkward gesture with her hands. + awkwardly awk·ward·ly He fell awkwardly and went down in agony clutching his right knee
lacking grace or skill in manner or movement or performance; "an awkward dancer"; "an awkward gesture"; "too awkward with a needle to make her own clothes"; "his clumsy fingers produced an awkward knot"
difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape; "an awkward bundle to carry"; "a load of bunglesome paraphernalia"; "clumsy wooden shoes"; "the cello, a rather ungainly instrument for a girl
not at ease socially; unsure and constrained in manner; "awkward and reserved at parties"; "ill at ease among eddies of people he didn't know"; "was always uneasy with strangers"
disapproval If you say that someone is awkward, you are critical of them because you find them unreasonable and difficult to live with or deal with. She's got to an age where she is being awkward
French, gauche, not dexterous Awk means the left hand Hence in Holland's Plutarch we have "The awke or left hand"; and again, "They receive her awkly when she presenteth the right hand " (See Sinister )
the inelegance of someone stiff and unrelaxed (as by embarrassment) the carriage of someone whose movements and posture are ungainly or inelegant the quality of an embarrassing situation; "he sensed the awkwardness of his proposal"
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