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English definition of “awkward”

awkward

adjective (EMBARRASSING)    /ˈɔː.kwəd/ US  /ˈɑː.kwɚd/
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.InconvenienceEmbarrassing 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.Anxious and worriedAshamed and embarrassed awkwardness     /-nəs/ noun [U] In spite of the divorce , there was no awkwardness between them - in fact they seemed very much at ease .Inability and awkwardness
(Definition of awkward adjective (EMBARRASSING) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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