Definitions

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  • n. The state or quality of being awkward

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being awkward.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. unskillfulness resulting from a lack of training
  • n. trouble in carrying or managing caused by bulk or shape
  • n. the quality of an embarrassing situation
  • n. the carriage of someone whose movements and posture are ungainly or inelegant
  • n. the inelegance of someone stiff and unrelaxed (as by embarrassment)

Etymologies

awkward +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • However, awkwardness is not a condition that is limited to gawky teens who haven't grown into their feet yet.

    An awkward picture is worth way more than a thousand words

  • The real awkwardness is them trying to include Cool in the first place … gunning for some young people, maybe?

    Think Progress » LL Cool J Says Fox News Is ‘Misrepresenting’ One Of His Old Interviews To Promote Sarah Palin’s New Show

  • The latest unauthorized release, i.e., leak, of some 250,000 documents by WikiLeaks does not appear to constitute a national security crisis, although it will cause more than a little near-term awkwardness and create some longer-term problems for the United States and its partners.

    Richard N. Haass: How to Read WikiLeaks

  • The latest leak of some 250,000 documents by WikiLeaks does not appear to constitute a national security crisis, although it will cause more than a little near-term awkwardness for the United States and its partners.

    Richard N. Haass: How to Read WikiLeaks

  • The awkwardness is not inherent in the relationship, it comes from the fact that their relationship is relegated to a second class.

    2008 March Archive at spazeboy

  • However, I tend to think the awkwardness is more due to bad direction or lack of it as opposed to any decision made by the performers themselves.

    The Trouble with Simon

  • It is a poem which allows both heroism and pathos to poor people, sees strength in awkwardness, and attributes to a poor person standing on the stoop of his slum house every bit as much significance as William Wordsworth saw in daffodils, waterfalls, and clouds.

    Where Ghetto Schools Fail

  • But, the awkwardness is the best part of it, it’s like they’re making it up as they go along.

    Shooting MTV in a Barrel

  • (Joins group composed of Connie, Mrs. Dowsett, and Hubbard.) (Knox comes forward to Margaret, betraying a certain awkwardness due to lack of experience in such social functions.

    THEFT

  • Watching a bunch of seemingly rich yuppie 20-somethings partying, telling bad jokes, and experiencing moments of romantic awkwardness is not on the top of any Monster Movie Lover’s list.

    Flixnjoystix.com! » 2008 » April

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