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awkward

awk·ward

awkward

 
 
pronunciation:
awk wrd
features:
Word Combinations (adjective)
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.He was always awkward with women and could never think of anything to say.
synonyms:
embarrassed, embarrassing, uncomfortable
antonyms:
relaxed
similar words:
difficult, ill at ease, inappropriate, inopportune, malapropos, sore, uneasy
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derivations: awkwardly (adv.), awkwardness (n.)