Wanting dexterity in utilization of the hands or of devices maybe not dexterous without skill clumsy desiring simplicity sophistication or effectiveness in action ungraceful while he was awkward at a trick an awkward kid
- difficult to handle or handle especially as a result of shape
- lacking grace or skill in manner or motion or performance
- maybe not elegant or graceful in phrase
- difficult to handle; specially causing pain or shame
- causing inconvenience
- socially uncomfortable; unsure and constrained in fashion
- Wanting dexterity when you look at the utilization of the fingers, or of devices; maybe not dexterous; without ability; awkward; wanting convenience, grace, or effectiveness in activity; ungraceful; as, he was awkward at a trick; an uncomfortable boy.
- maybe not easily handled or effected; awkward.
- Perverse; damaging; untoward.
mid-14c., "in the incorrect direction," from awk "back-handed" + adverbial suffix -weard (see -ward). Indicating "awkward" very first taped 1520s. Associated: Awkwardly. Various other formations from awk, not one of them surviving, had been awky, awkly, awkness.
(a.) Wanting dexterity into the utilization of the fingers, or of instruments; not dexterous; without ability; clumsy; wanting ease, elegance, or effectiveness in motion; ungraceful; as, he had been awkward at a trick; an awkward child.
- (a.) Perhaps not easily handled or effected; awkward.
- (a.) Perverse; adverse; untoward.
His clothes were of homemade stuff; his shoes were coarse and heavy; he had no gloves on his hands; he was awkward and bashful.