Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “awkward”


adjective (LACKING GRACE)   /ˈɔk·wərd/
lacking grace or skill when moving: He’s too awkward – he’ll never be a good dancer.
(Definition of awkward adjective (LACKING GRACE) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of awkward

More American English definitions for “awkward”

Definitions of “awkward” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


an ability to do things in the stated, especially positive, way

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More