Definitions for (adjective) awkward

Main entry: uneasy, awkward, ill at ease

Definition: socially uncomfortable; unsure and constrained in manner

Usage: awkward and reserved at parties; ill at ease among eddies of people he didn't know; was always uneasy with strangers


Main entry: awkward

Definition: causing inconvenience

Usage: they arrived at an awkward time


Main entry: awkward, unenviable, sticky, embarrassing

Definition: hard to deal with; especially causing pain or embarrassment

Usage: 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 had planned to save for the climax of the campaign


Main entry: inept, ill-chosen, inapt, cumbersome, awkward, clumsy

Definition: not elegant or graceful in expression

Usage: 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?


Main entry: awkward

Definition: lacking grace or skill in manner or movement or performance

Usage: an awkward dancer; an awkward gesture; too awkward with a needle to make her own clothes; his clumsy fingers produced an awkward knot


Main entry: ungainly, bunglesome, clumsy, awkward

Definition: difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape

Usage: an awkward bundle to carry; a load of bunglesome paraphernalia; clumsy wooden shoes; the cello, a rather ungainly instrument for a girl