awkward /ˈɔkwɚd/ adjective
1 a . not graceful : Clumsy
- She is awkward at dancing.
- He had large feet and his walk was awkward and ungainly.
- an awkward movement
- The story contained some awkward writing.
1 b . lacking skill
- She is an awkward writer.
2 .difficult to use or handle
- The machine is very awkward to operate.
- an awkward tool
- The box isn’t heavy but it has an awkward shape and size. [=its shape and size make it difficult to carry]
3 a . not easy to deal with
- It was an awkward[=embarrassing] moment for everyone.
- 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.
3 b . not socially graceful or confident : uneasy or uncomfortable
- I feel awkward(about) having to ask you to help.
- He feels awkward with/around strangers.
— awkwardly adverb
- The baby was crawling awkwardly on her hands and knees.
- He fell and landed awkwardly.
- an awkwardly written sentence
— awkwardness noun
- A moment of awkwardness occurred after the introduction.
- the awkwardness of the writing
- There was an awkwardness between us when we last saw each other.