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Middle age is the awkward period when Father Time starts catching up with Mother Nature.
Harold Coffin

Meaning of "awkward" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD AWKWARD

Awk, from Old Norse öfugr turned the wrong way round + -ward.
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PRONUNCIATION OF AWKWARD

awkward  [ˈɔːkwəd] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF AWKWARD

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Awkward is an adjective.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES AWKWARD MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Awkward

Awkward may refer to: ▪ Awkwardness or embarrassment, an emotional state of intense discomfort with oneself ▪ Awkward, an American teen comedy series ▪ Awkward, a 2001 album by Ty ▪ Awkward, a 1999 graphic novel by Ariel Schrag ▪ "Awkward", a song by The Cells from We Can Replace You ▪ "Awkward", a song by San Cisco...

Definition of awkward in the English dictionary

The first definition of awkward in the dictionary is lacking dexterity, proficiency, or skill; clumsy; inept. Other definition of awkward is ungainly or inelegant in movements or posture. Awkward is also unwieldy; difficult to use.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH AWKWARD


ass-backward
ˌæsˈbækwəd
backward
ˈbækwəd
downward
ˈdaʊnwəd
eastward
ˈiːstwəd
Edward
ˈɛdwəd
forward
ˈfɔːwəd
homeward
ˈhəʊmwəd
inward
ˈɪnwəd
kirkward
ˈkɜːkwəd
leeward
ˈliːwəd
onward
ˈɒnwəd
outward
ˈaʊtwəd
parkward
ˈpɑːkwəd
skyward
ˈskaɪwəd
straightforward
ˌstreɪtˈfɔːwəd
upward
ˈʌpwəd
wayward
ˈweɪwəd
westward
ˈwɛstwəd
windward
ˈwɪndwəd
Woodward
ˈwʊdwəd

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE AWKWARD

awestruck
aweto
awful
awfully
awfulness
awhato
awheel
awheto
awhile
awhirl
awkwardish
awkwardly
awkwardness
awl
awlbird
awless
awlwort
awmrie
awmry
awn

WORDS THAT END LIKE AWKWARD

Academy Award
afterward
award
come forward
coward
fashion-forward
fast forward
fast-forward
go-forward
Great Leap Forward
hayward
Howard
northward
put forward
reward
Seward
steward
store and forward
toward
ward

Synonyms and antonyms of awkward in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «AWKWARD»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «awkward» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of awkward

Translation of «awkward» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF AWKWARD

Find out the translation of awkward to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of awkward from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «awkward» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

笨拙的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

incómodo
570 millions of speakers

English

awkward
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

अजीब
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

مُحْرِج
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

затруднительный
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

desajeitado
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

বিশ্রী
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

gauche
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Janggal
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

ungünstig
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

不器用な
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

서투른
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Awkward
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

ngượng ngịu
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

விகாரமான
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

अस्ताव्यस्त
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

garip
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

imbarazzante
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

dziwny
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

незручний
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

incomod
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

αδέξιος
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

ongemaklike
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

generad
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

keitet
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of awkward

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «AWKWARD»

The term «awkward» is very widely used and occupies the 9.496 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «AWKWARD» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about awkward

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10 QUOTES WITH «AWKWARD»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word awkward.
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Amy Adams
I didn't necessarily fit in in high school. I felt very awkward. I still feel completely awkward and weird in my body sometimes. I'm hoping that's going to go away, but I've just embraced it as reality.
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Tunde Adebimpe
I'm all for awkward, frank, sometimes painful conversations about things that give everyone a better perspective on who they are in the here and now, and how they want to proceed from there.
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Alfred Adler
Every therapeutic cure, and still more, any awkward attempt to show the patient the truth, tears him from the cradle of his freedom from responsibility and must therefore reckon with the most vehement resistance.
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Imtiaz Ali
I was complexed and awkward that I was good for nothing and was always lying. I would lie to my school friends that I was a stud in my colony and to my colony friends that I was a stud in the school cricket and football teams, though I was in no team.
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Tommy Armour
Golf is an awkward set of bodily contortions designed to produce a graceful result.
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Nigel Barker
Certainly, people feel awkward when they have their photograph taken. They want to see it, but they don't want to see it.
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Drew Barrymore
Everyone is like a butterfly, they start out ugly and awkward and then morph into beautiful graceful butterflies that everyone loves.
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Priyanka Chopra
I never had any awkward situations with Shah Rukh.
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John Clare
I am gennerally understood tho I do not use that awkward squad of pointings called commas colons semicolons etc.
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Harold Coffin
Middle age is the awkward period when Father Time starts catching up with Mother Nature.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «AWKWARD»

Discover the use of awkward in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to awkward and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Awkward
When a humiliating accident at school is captured on video and posted on the Internet, clumsy Mackenzie is turned into an overnight Internet sensation, and is sucked into the world of rock stars, paparazzi, and worldwide popularity.
Marni Bates, 2011
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Awkward Family Photos
With twenty-five new photographs for the eBook edition, the New York Times bestseller is now more awkward than ever Based on the hit website, AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com (“painful, regrettable, horrifyingly awesome snaps of family bonding, ...
Mike Bender, Doug Chernack, 2010
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The Awkward Spaces of Fathering
Weaving together theories of space, sexuality and political identity with the stories of fathers from a range of sources, including popular culture, this book seeks to explore the spaces and movements of men-as-fathers
Professor Stuart C Aitken, 2012
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That Awkward Age
Roger McGough's eagerly-awaited new collection is a powerful testament to the miraculous in the everyday.
Roger McGough, 2009
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Awkward Family Pet Photos
The authors of the New York Times bestseller Awkward Family Photos are back with a hilarious tribute to the unbreakable and sometimes uncomfortable bond between people and their pets.
Mike Bender, Doug Chernack, 2011
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A Ruckus of Awkward Stacking
At the same time, he experiments with style and form in a wonderfully sinuous writing. With this, his first book, Robinson makes a staggering debut on the North American literary stage.
Matt Robinson, 2009
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Awkward Annie
How would you like it if people thought you were awkward? Awkward Annie - that's what Mom and Dad call me. I don't think I'm awkward. Not really.
Julia Williams, 2007
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Awkward Dominion: American Political, Economic, and Cultural ...
The figures through which he tells this story include Herbert Hoover, Calvin Coolidge, Henry Stimson, Charles Lindberg, Ernest Hemingway, and Henry Ford.
Frank Costigliola, 1988
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An Awkward Embrace: The United States and China in the 21st ...
The tension here is real: how can the United States manage this relationship in a way that keeps its economic engagement with China on a steady course but likewise protects its national security interests?
Dan Blumenthal, Phillip Swagel, 2012
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The Orphan of Awkward Falls
Can these unlikely friends stop Stenchley before it's too late? With a penchant for spooky details, surprising twists, and haunting illustrations, Keith Graves delivers a suspenseful and engaging first novel.
Keith Graves, 2011

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «AWKWARD»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term awkward is used in the context of the following news items.
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Aftermath Of Son's Affair Puts Grandmother In Awkward Spot
DEAR ABBY: My son had an affair that resulted in the birth of a child outside his marriage. The baby is extremely ill. My daughter-in-law has ... «Yahoo News, Jul 15»
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Scope asks Brits to 'Kiss the...
Of the work, which forms part of Scope's wider 'End the Awkward' campaign, Buckley said: “End the Awkward has an important message ... «The Drum, Jul 15»
3
SO GOOD: That awkward moment when this CNN graphic …
Can you race-bait? Do you enjoy being wrong? Vox has the perfect job for you! axelrod-for-all. Has Axelrod expanded his creepy cult? This pic ... «Twitchy, Jul 15»
4
Spy: The Bachelor's awkward birthday reunion
The Bachelor Art Green looks awkward as he poses with his ex-girlfriend Dani Robinson and current squeeze Matilda Rice. Photo / Instagram ... «New Zealand Herald, Jul 15»
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Share “20-40-60 Etiquette: Waiting to eat causes...”
But, I also feel like I am the one who is making others at the table feel awkward because I will sit and wait, and usually others will start eating to ... «NewsOK.com, Jul 15»
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Christie set for awkward first 'Morning Joe' slot since Bridgegate
For the first time since his Bridgegate scandal emerged in 2013 — and one day after saying the media owed him an apology for it — New ... «The Hill, Jul 15»
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This Awkward First Date Will Make You Never Want To Date Again …
Whatever awkward glass of wine, meal or movie you've experienced, there's no way it beats this coffee date. Read and be grateful you're not ... «FoxFM, Jul 15»
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Some awkward political PDA on International Kissing Day
There's only one problem: Seeing other people kiss sometimes can be terribly awkward. A search of the archives shows there's no shortage of ... «Boston Sun Times, Jul 15»
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The Awkward Synthesis That Is 'Inside Out'
Contemporary cognitive science combines these two ideas in a most awkward synthesis: We are the brain, which in turn is modeled not as a ... «NPR, Jul 15»
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Awkward! Lakers draft pick deletes Kobe Bryant 'rapist' tweet
Awkward! Lakers draft pick deletes Kobe Bryant 'rapist' tweet. share. One News. Source: The Lakers' first round pick Larry Nance Jr, may have put his contract in ... «TVNZ, Jul 15»

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