Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “awkward”

awkward

adjective (NOT HELPFUL)    /ˈɔː.kwəd/ US  /ˈɑː.kwɚd/ mainly UK
intentionally not helpful: Just stop being so awkward and help me push the car, will you! → Synonym uncooperativeUnhelpful and Uncooperative 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 (NOT HELPFUL) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of awkward

Definitions of “awkward” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

neighbourly

friendly or helpful

Word of the Day

Blog

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