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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: 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…
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