1704, "lack of grace," from uncomfortable + -ness. Meaning "physical clumsiness" is attested from c.1770; compared to "personal embarrassment" is from 1788.
unskillfulness resulting from deficiencies in education
- the standard of an embarrassing scenario
- the carriage of somebody whose moves and pose tend to be ungainly or inelegant
- the inelegance of somebody stiff and unrelaxed (because by embarrassment)
- trouble in carrying or managing due to bulk or form
Then the awkwardness of his silent position hiding in the darkness extended beyond the point of propriety of making his presence known.