from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The quality of being gawky.

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  • noun The quality of being gawky

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  • noun the carriage of someone whose movements and posture are extremely ungainly and inelegant


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  • From "Roger Dodger" to "The Squid and the Whale" to "Adventureland," the actor has been a go-to for a long line of writer/directors who see in his curly-haired gawkiness and anxiety-ridden demeanor an apt surrogate for their younger selves.

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  • Reading back over some of their lines, I had to laugh imagining Zed's awful motivational speeches filled with classic Jack Black bravado, or thinking of Michael Cera's awkward gawkiness when Oh tries to dance with his love interest and eventually hits her over the head with a stick in an attempt to woo her.

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  • In the past decade, her beanpole gawkiness had turned into athletic grace, but she had the same force field of intelligence.


  • She's a tall actress who projects a charming gawkiness.

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  • Apart from her music, I've grown accustomed to her over-expressive face, attached to her arm-flinging gawkiness.

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  • The play is tidily constructed around the absurd situation, in which Margot's deranged student, Molly (played with winning gawkiness by Anna Maxwell Martin), blames Margot for the suicide of her mother, who jumped under a train, Anna Karenina style, holding a copy of Margot's feminist bible, "The Cerebral Vagina."

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  • But instead she goes for the cheaper, more seductive, thrill of suggesting that ungainly, weak female bodies are the most attractive to men, that teenage gawkiness could be made into an appealing vulnerability that brings all the supernatural boys to the yard.

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  • His search-party, too, had looked awkward there, having rushed to the task of investigation — some in their shirt sleeves, others in their leather aprons, and all much stained — just as they had come from their work of barking, and not in their Sherton marketing attire; while Creedle, with his ropes and grapnels and air of impending tragedy, had added melancholy to gawkiness.

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  • Despite the exuberant breasts in the snug sweater and the lissome hips in the tight-fitting mini, there is a certain adolescent gawkiness about this woman.

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