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awkward

awk·ward

awkward

 
pronunciation:
awk wrd
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: without physical skill or grace; clumsy.
My brother is an awkward dancer.
synonyms:
clumsy
antonyms:
agile, deft, graceful
similar words:
all thumbs, blundering
definition 2: difficult to use, deal with, or manage.
Some people find it awkward to eat with chopsticks.
synonyms:
clumsy, cumbersome
antonyms:
easy
definition 3: embarrassed or embarrassing.
It was an awkward moment when Paula asked us when our party was.
synonyms:
embarrassed, embarrassing, uncomfortable
similar words:
difficult, ill at ease, inappropriate, sore, uneasy
derivations: awkwardly (adv.), awkwardness (n.)