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Meaning of awkward

awk•ward

Pronunciation: (ôk'wurd), [key]
— adj.
  1. lacking skill or dexterity; clumsy.
  2. lacking grace or ease in movement: an awkward gesture; an awkward dancer.
  3. lacking social graces or manners: a simple, awkward frontiersman.
  4. not well planned or designed for easy or effective use: an awkward instrument; an awkward method.
  5. requiring caution; somewhat hazardous; dangerous: an awkward turn in the road.
  6. hard to deal with; difficult; requiring skill, tact, or the like: an awkward situation; an awkward customer.
  7. embarrassing or inconvenient; caused by lack of social grace: an awkward moment
  8. untoward; perverse.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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