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awkward

awk·ward

awkward

 
pronunciation:
awk wrd
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: deficient in physical skill or grace; clumsy.
My brother is an awkward dancer.
synonyms:
bumbling, clumsy, gawky, inept, ungainly
antonyms:
adroit, agile, deft, dextrous, graceful
similar words:
all thumbs, blundering, gauche, heavy-handed, maladroit, ungraceful, unhandy, wooden
definition 2: difficult to use, deal with, or manage.
I find that kind of keyboard rather awkward.The misunderstanding resulted in an awkward situation.
synonyms:
clumsy, cumbersome
antonyms:
easy
similar words:
bulky, hulking, incommodious, recalcitrant, unhandy, unmanageable, unwieldy
definition 3: slightly dangerous; requiring caution or tact.
It's an awkward climb up that hill.
synonyms:
precarious
similar words:
dangerous, hazardous, risky, sticky, touch-and-go
definition 4: uneasy or embarrassed.
There was an awkward silence after his embarrassing comment.Her intense flattery made me feel awkward.
synonyms:
embarrassed, embarrassing, uncomfortable
antonyms:
relaxed
similar words:
difficult, ill at ease, inappropriate, inopportune, malapropos, sore, uneasy
derivations: awkwardly (adv.), awkwardness (n.)