awkwardly Meaning, definition in Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "awkwardly" - English Dictionary

See all translations

awkwardlyadverb

uk   /ˈɔː.kwəd.li/  us   /ˈɑː.kwɚd-/

awkwardly adverb (WITH EMBARRASSMENT)

in a worried or embarrassed way: He shifted awkwardly from one foot to the other. in an embarrassing or worrying way, or a way that causes problems: The publication of the economic statistics was awkwardly timed for the government.

awkwardly adverb (MOVE)

moving in a way that is not natural, relaxed, or attractive: She fell awkwardly when she was skiing and twisted her ankle. He walked awkwardly across the room, aware that they were watching.

awkwardly adverb (WITH DIFFICULTY)

in a way that is difficult to deal with, use, or do: The car was parked awkwardly across the pavement.

awkwardly adverb (NOT HELPFULLY)

in an intentionally unhelpful way: He stood there awkwardly, refusing to move.
Translations of “awkwardly”
in Chinese (Traditional) 尷尬的, 局促不安地, 尷尬地…
in Chinese (Simplified) 尴尬的, 局促不安地, 尴尬地…
(Definition of awkwardly from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of awkwardly?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “awkwardly” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
lap

to go past someone in a race who has been round the track one less time than you

Word of the Day

Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
by Kate Woodford,
July 29, 2015
A reader of this blog recently asked for a post on idioms that are used in everyday English. This seemed like a reasonable request. After all, if you are going to make the effort to learn a set of English idioms, you want those idioms to be useful. The question, then, was

Read More 

exoskeleton noun
exoskeleton noun
July 27, 2015
a robotic device which goes around the legs and part of the body of a person who cannot walk and allows them to move independently and in an upright position The device, known as an exoskeleton, is strapped to the outside of a person’s limbs and can then be controlled by them.

Read More