S2 [ˈo:kwəd US ˈo:kwərd] adj
[Date: 1500-1600; Origin: awk 'turned the wrong way' (15-17 centuries) (from Old Norse öfugr) + -ward]
1.) making you feel embarrassed so that you are not sure what to do or say
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.
an awkward silence
A laugh can help people over an awkward situation.
Philip's remarks put her in an awkward position (=made it difficult for her to know what to do) .
2.) not relaxed or comfortable
She liked to dance but felt awkward if someone was watching her.
Geoff looked uneasy and awkward.
Make sure that the baby is not sleeping in an awkward position.
3.) difficult to do, use, or deal with
It'll be awkward getting cars in and out.
The new financial arrangements were awkward to manage.
A good carpenter can make a cupboard to fit the most awkward space.
She was afraid he was going to ask an awkward question.
4.) not convenient
I'm sorry to call at such an awkward time but I won't keep you a minute.
5.) an awkward person is deliberately unhelpful
= ↑difficult awkward about
The staff wanted to go home and they were getting awkward about a meeting starting so late.
an awkward customer (=person who is difficult and unhelpful)
>awkwardly adv
'I'm very sorry about your sister,' he said awkwardly.
Vera smiled awkwardly.
>awkwardness n [U]
He tried to smooth over the awkwardness of the situation.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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