Awkward - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈɔːkwərd|  American pronunciation of the word awkward
Brit.  |ˈɔːkwəd|  British pronunciation of the word awkward


- causing inconvenience

they arrived at an awkward time

- difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape(syn: bunglesome, clumsy, ungainly)

an awkward bundle to carry

- not elegant or graceful in expression(syn: clumsy, cumbersome, ill-chosen, inapt, inept)

an awkward prose style

- hard to deal with; especially causing pain or embarrassment(syn: embarrassing, sticky, unenviable)

awkward (or embarrassing or difficult) moments in the discussion
an awkward pause followed his remark

- socially uncomfortable; unsure and constrained in manner(syn: uneasy)

awkward and reserved at parties


She is awkward at dancing.

He had large feet and his walk was awkward and ungainly.

The story contained some awkward writing.

She is an awkward writer.

The machine is very awkward to operate.

I often find myself in awkward situations.

He was put in the awkward position of having to write the memo.

There was an awkward pause in the conversation.

He feels awkward with strangers.

He is awkward with children.

Monday is awkward for me.

It is awkward to discuss such matters in public.

I hoped he would stop asking awkward questions.

There was an awkward moment when she didn't know whether to shake his hand or kiss his cheek.

A laugh can help people over an awkward situation.

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