awkwardly Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"awkwardly" in British English

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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 ​causesproblems: The ​publication of the ​economicstatistics 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 ​intentionallyunhelpful way: He ​stood there awkwardly, ​refusing to ​move.
(Definition of awkwardly from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"awkwardly" in American English

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awkwardlyadverb

 us   /ˈɔ·kwər·dli/

awkwardly adverb (CAUSING DIFFICULTY)

so as to make something ​difficult to ​deal with: The ​publication of the ​article was awkwardly ​timed for the ​government.

awkwardly adverb (WITHOUT GRACE)

without ​grace: He ​sat awkwardly on the ​floor.
(Definition of awkwardly from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “awkwardly”
in Chinese (Simplified) 尴尬的, 局促不安地, 尴尬地…
in Chinese (Traditional) 尷尬的, 局促不安地, 尷尬地…
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