Awkwardness - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈɔːkwərdnəs|  American pronunciation of the word awkwardness
Brit.  |ˈɔːkwədnəs|  British pronunciation of the word awkwardness


- unskillfulness resulting from a lack of training (syn: clumsiness, ineptitude, ineptness, maladroitness, slowness)
- the quality of an embarrassing situation

he sensed the awkwardness of his proposal

- the carriage of someone whose movements and posture are ungainly or inelegant (syn: clumsiness)
- the inelegance of someone stiff and unrelaxed (as by embarrassment) (syn: clumsiness, gracelessness, stiffness)
- trouble in carrying or managing caused by bulk or shape (syn: cumbersomeness, unwieldiness)


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 sensed the awkwardness of his proposal

He tried to smooth over the awkwardness of the situation.

the dance involved a deliberate exaggeration of his awkwardness

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