- (obsolete) In a backwards direction.
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awkward (comparative awkwarder, superlative awkwardest)
- Lacking dexterity in the use of the hands, or of instruments.
- John was awkward at performing the trick. He'll have to practice to improve.
- Synonyms: clumsy, lubberly, ungraceful, unhandy
- Antonyms: dexterous, gainly, graceful, handy, skillful
- Not easily managed or effect#Verb|effected; embarrassing.
- That was an extremely awkward moment. Everyone was watching.
- An awkward silence had fallen.
- Lacking social skills, or uncomfortable with social interaction.
- I'm very awkward at parties.
- Things get very awkward whenever 60-year old men use cheesy pick-up lines on me.
- Synonyms: maladroit
- Antonyms: amiable, cool
- Perverse; adverse; difficult to handle.
- He's a right awkward chap.
- These cabinets are going to be very awkward when we move.
- French: maladroit
- German: ungeschickt, unbeholfen, umständlich, tollpatschig, tölpelhaft, patschert (Austrian)
- Italian: maldestro, impacciato, goffo
- Portuguese: desajeitado, bisonho
- Russian: нело́вкий
- Spanish: torpe, desmañado
- French: embarrassant
- German: peinlich, betreten, unangenehm, umständlich, patschert (Austrian), beklemmend
- Italian: imbarazzato, poco opportuno, delicato, imbarazzante, inopportuno
- Portuguese: constrangedor, desconcertante
- Russian: нело́вкий
- Spanish: embarazoso, delicado
- German: peinlich, ungelenk, umständlich, schüchtern, unbeholfen, verlegen
- Portuguese: tímido, tímida, inseguro, insegura
- Spanish: tímido, tímida
- French: inconvenant
- German: verdreht, verkorkst, Umstände machend, umständlich, unangenehm
- Italian: scomodo, poco maneggevole, difficile
- Portuguese: incómodo
- Spanish: difícil, atravesado
awkward (plural awkwards)
- Someone or something that is awkward.