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awkward

adjective  /ˈɔk·wərd/ us  

awkward adjective (DIFFICULT)

difficult to use, do, or deal with: The computer came in a big box that was awkward to carry.

awkward adjective (ANXIOUS)

causing inconvenience, anxiety, or embarrassment: It was an awkward situation, because the restaurant was too expensive for us but we didn’t want to just get up and walk out. Someone who feels awkward feels embarrassed or nervous: We were the first to arrive at the party and felt a little awkward.

awkward adjective (LACKING GRACE)

lacking grace or skill when moving: He’s too awkward – he’ll never be a good dancer.
awkwardness
noun [U]  /ˈɔ·kwərd·nəs/ us  
His awkwardness with girls disappeared once he got to college.
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