HyperDic: awkward

English > 6 senses of the word awkward:
ADJECTIVEallawkwardcausing inconvenience
allawkwardlacking grace or skill in manner or movement or performance
allawkward, bunglesome, clumsy, ungainlydifficult to handle or manage especially because of shape
allawkward, clumsy, cumbersome, inapt, inept, ill-chosennot elegant or graceful in expression
allawkward, embarrassing, sticky, unenviablehard to deal with
allawkward, ill at ease, uneasysocially uncomfortable
awkward > pronunciation
Soundsaa'kwerd; ao'kwerd
RhymesAbelard ... word / Word: 269 rhymes with erd...
English > awkward: 6 senses > adjective 1
MeaningCausing inconvenience.
Example"they arrived at an awkward time"
Broaderinconvenientnot suited to your comfort, purpose or needs
Spanishfastidioso, inconveniente, inoportuno, problemático
Catalaninconvenient, inoportú, problemàtic
English > awkward: 6 senses > adjective 2
Meaninglacking grace or skill in manner or movement or performance.
Examples
  • "an awkward dancer"
  • "an awkward gesture"
  • "too awkward with a needle to make her own clothes"
  • "his clumsy fingers produced an awkward knot"
Narrowergawky, clumsy, clunky, ungainly, unwieldylacking grace in movement or posture
graceless, ungracefullacking grace
labored, laboured, strainedlacking natural ease
woodenlacking ease / ease or grace
See alsomaladroitnot adroit
uglydispleasing to the senses
OppositegracefulCharacterized by beauty of movement, style, form, or execution
Spanishdesgarbado, desmañado
Nounsawkwardnessunskillfulness resulting from a lack of training
Adverbsawkwardlyin an awkward manner
English > awkward: 6 senses > adjective 3
MeaningDifficult to handle or manage especially because of shape.
Example"an awkward bundle to carry"
Synonymsbunglesome, clumsy, ungainly
Broaderunwieldy, unmanageableDifficult to use or handle or manage because of size or weight or shape
Spanishincómodo
Catalanincòmode
Nounsawkwardnesstrouble in carrying or managing caused by bulk or shape
English > awkward: 6 senses > adjective 4
Meaningnot elegant or graceful in expression.
Example"an awkward prose style"
Synonymsclumsy, cumbersome, inapt, inept, ill-chosen
Broaderinfelicitousnot appropriate in application
Spanishimpropio, inapropiado, inepto
Nounsawkwardnessunskillfulness resulting from a lack of training
English > awkward: 6 senses > adjective 5
MeaningHard to deal with; especially causing pain or embarrassment.
Examples
  • "awkward (or embarrassing or difficult) moments in the discussion"
  • "an awkward pause followed his remark"
Synonymsembarrassing, sticky, unenviable
Broaderdifficult, hardnot easy
Spanishdelicado, difícil, dificultoso, duro
Catalandelicat, difícil, dificultós, dur
Nounsawkwardnessthe quality of an embarrassing situation
English > awkward: 6 senses > adjective 6
Meaningsocially uncomfortable; unsure and constrained in manner.
Example"awkward and reserved at parties"
Synonymsill at ease, uneasy
Broaderuncomfortableconducive to or feeling mental discomfort
Nounsawkwardnessthe inelegance of someone stiff and unrelaxed (as by embarrassment / embarrassment)

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