Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or quality of being awkward.

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  • noun The state or quality of being awkward

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

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

Etymologies

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awkward +‎ -ness

Examples

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

    Archive 2009-05-10

  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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