awkward definition, meaning - what is awkward in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “awkward”

See all translations

awkward

adjective uk   /ˈɔː.kwəd/  us   /ˈɑː.kwɚd/

awkward adjective (DIFFICULT)

B2 difficult to use, do, or deal with: It's an awkward corner, so take it slowly. Some of the questions were rather awkward. It was an awkward ascent, but we reached the top eventually. [+ to infinitive] My car's quite awkward to drive. He's an awkward customer (= a difficult person to deal with).
More examples

awkward adjective (EMBARRASSING)

B2 causing problems, worry, or embarrassment: an awkward position/situation There followed an awkward silence while we all tried to think of something to say. They'd chosen an awkward time to call as I'd just got into the bath. The police asked some awkward questions about where the money had come from.C2 embarrassed or nervous: I always feel awkward when I'm with Chris - he's so difficult to talk to. He seemed a little awkward when I first met him.
More examples

awkward adjective (NOT HELPFUL)

mainly UK intentionally not helpful: Just stop being so awkward and help me push the car, will you!

awkward adjective (MOVEMENT)

moving in a way that is not natural, relaxed, or attractive: His movements were slow and awkward.
awkwardness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
In spite of the divorce, there was no awkwardness between them - in fact they seemed very much at ease.
(Definition of awkward from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of awkward?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “awkward” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

cup tie

a game between two teams trying to win a cup (= prize), especially in football

Word of the Day

What’s All The Commotion About? (Words to describe sounds)

by Kate Woodford,
May 20, 2015
​​​ In this post we look at a range of words and phrases that we use to describe noise and the absence of noise. Starting with complete quiet, we sometimes use the noun hush to describe silence: A hush fell over the room as the bride walked in./There was a deathly hush (=complete

Read More 

plyscraper noun

May 18, 2015
a skyscraper made mainly from wood The development of engineered timber could herald a new era of eco-friendly ‘plyscrapers’. Christchurch welcomed its first multistorey timber structure this year, there are plans for Vancouver, and the talk is China could follow

Read More