adjective (gawkier; -est) Date: 1759 awkward, clumsy <
a gawky adolescent
gawkily adverbgawkiness noungawky noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Gawky — Gawk y (g[add]k [y^]), a. [Compar. {Gawkier} (g[add]k [i^]*[ e]r); superl. {Gawkiest}.] Foolish and awkward; clumsy; clownish; as, gawky behavior. n. A fellow who is awkward from being overgrown, or from stupidity, a gawk. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gawky — index incompetent, provincial, uncouth Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • gawky — awkward, ungainly, 1724, from gawk hand left hand (1703), perhaps a contraction of gaulick, thus gaulish hand, derogatory slang that could have originated during some period of strained Anglo French relations, i.e. most of recorded history …   Etymology dictionary

  • gawky — [adj] clumsy awkward, bumbling, clownish, gauche, loutish*, lumbering, lumpish*, lumpy, maladroit, oafish, rude, rustic, splay, uncouth, ungainly; concepts 550,584 Ant. athletic, graceful, lithe …   New thesaurus

  • gawky — ► ADJECTIVE (gawkier, gawkiest) ▪ nervously awkward and ungainly. DERIVATIVES gawkily adverb gawkiness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • gawky — [gô′kē] adj. gawkier, gawkiest [prob. < ME gouki, foolish < gouk: see GOWK] awkward or ungainly, often, specif., from being disproportionately tall gawkily adv. gawkiness n …   English World dictionary

  • gawky — gaw|ky [ˈgo:ki US ˈgo:ki] adj someone who is gawky moves or behaves in an awkward way = ↑clumsy ▪ a gawky, long legged teenager >gawkiness n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • gawky — [[t]gɔ͟ːki[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you describe someone, especially a young person, as gawky, you mean they are awkward and clumsy. ...a gawky lad with spots. Syn: ungainly …   English dictionary

  • gawky — UK [ˈɡɔːkɪ] / US [ˈɡɔkɪ] adjective Word forms gawky : adjective gawky comparative gawkier superlative gawkiest tall and thin, and moving in a way that does not seem graceful or comfortable Derived word: gawkiness noun uncountable …   English dictionary

  • gawky — adj. Gawky is used with these nouns: ↑teenager …   Collocations dictionary

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