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English definition of “awkward”

awkward

adjective (ANXIOUS)   /ˈɔk·wərd/
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. awkwardness    /ˈɔ·kwərd·nəs/ noun [U] His awkwardness with girls disappeared once he got to college.
(Definition of awkward adjective (ANXIOUS) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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