Definition of awkward

Scrabble & Words with friends points


  • awkward is a valid Scrabble US word with a point value of 18
  • awkward is a valid Scrabble UK word with a point value of 18
  • awkward is a valid Words with friends word with a point value of 18

Definition of awkward


  • socially uncomfortable; unsure and constrained in manner (adjective)

    Examples

    1. awkward and reserved at parties

    Synonyms

    1. ill at ease
    2. uneasy
  • difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape (adjective)

    Examples

    1. an awkward bundle to carry

    Synonyms

    1. bunglesome
    2. clumsy
    3. ungainly
  • not elegant or graceful in expression (adjective)

    Examples

    1. an awkward prose style

    Synonyms

    1. clumsy
    2. cumbersome
    3. ill-chosen
    4. inapt
    5. inept
  • hard to deal with; especially causing pain or embarrassment (adjective)

    Examples

    1. awkward (or embarrassing or difficult) moments in the discussion
    2. an awkward pause followed his remark

    Synonyms

    1. embarrassing
    2. sticky
    3. unenviable
  • causing inconvenience (adjective)

    Examples

    1. they arrived at an awkward time
  • lacking grace or skill in manner or movement or performance (adjective)

    Examples

    1. an awkward dancer
    2. an awkward gesture
    3. too awkward with a needle to make her own clothes
    4. his clumsy fingers produced an awkward knot

See definition of awkward in Merriam Webster

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