What does awk mean?

awk meaning in General Dictionary

Perversely within the wrong-way

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  • Odd; out of order; perverse.
  • incorrect, or perhaps not popular; clumsy; sinister; because, the awk end of a pole (the but-end).
  • Clumsy in overall performance or ways; unhandy; not dexterous; embarrassing.
  • Perversely; inside wrong way.

awk meaning in Etymology Dictionary

mid-15c., "turned the wrong manner," from Old Norse afugr "turned backwards, wrong, contrary," from Proto-Germanic *afug-, from PIE *apu-ko-, from root *apo- "off, away" (see apo-). Obsolete since 17c.


awk meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) Odd; out-of-order; perverse.

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  • (a.) Wrong, or not widely used; clumsy; sinister; because, the awk end of a rod (the but-end).
  • (a.) Clumsy in performance or manners; unhandy; perhaps not dexterous; awkward.
  • (adv.) Perversely; in wrong way.