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English definition of “awkwardly”

awkwardly

adverb 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
(Definition of awkwardly from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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