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awkward

adjective uk   /ˈɔː.kwəd/ us    /ˈɑː.kwɚd/

awkward adjective (DIFFICULT)

B2 difficult to use, do, or deal with: It's an awkward corner, so take it slowly. Some of the questions were rather awkward. It was an awkward ascent, but we reached the top eventually. [+ to infinitive] My car's quite awkward to drive. He's an awkward customer (= a difficult person to deal with).
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awkward adjective (EMBARRASSING)

B2 causing problems, worry, or embarrassment: an awkward position/situation There followed an awkward silence while we all tried to think of something to say. They'd chosen an awkward time to call as I'd just got into the bath. The police asked some awkward questions about where the money had come from.C2 embarrassed or nervous: I always feel awkward when I'm with Chris - he's so difficult to talk to. He seemed a little awkward when I first met him.
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awkward adjective (NOT HELPFUL)

mainly UK intentionally not helpful: Just stop being so awkward and help me push the car, will you!

awkward adjective (MOVEMENT)

moving in a way that is not natural, relaxed, or attractive: His movements were slow and awkward.
awkwardness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
In spite of the divorce, there was no awkwardness between them - in fact they seemed very much at ease.
(Definition of awkward from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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