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English definition of “awkward”

awkward

adjective
 
 
/ˈɔːkwəd/
DIFFICULT B2 difficult or causing problems: an awkward customer an awkward questionDifficult things and peoplePreventing and impedingInconvenienceComplicated and difficult to doDifficult to understandUnhelpful and Uncooperative
EMBARRASSING B2 embarrassing and not relaxed: an awkward pause/silence I'm in an awkward situation.EmbarrassingCausing anxiety and worryMaking people sad, shocked and upsetAshamed and embarrassed
NOT ATTRACTIVE moving in a way that is not attractive: His movements were slow and awkward.Inability and awkwardnessNot attractive to look atSerious and unpleasant
awkwardly adverb awkwardness noun [U]
(Definition of awkward from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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