noun see awkward

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • awkwardness — [n1] clumsiness; inelegance amateurishness, artlessness, boorishness, cloddishness, coarseness, crudeness, gawkiness, gracelessness, greenness*, ignorance, inability, incompetence, ineptitude, ineptness, inexpertness, maladroitness, oafishness,… …   New thesaurus

  • awkwardness — index embarrassment Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • awkwardness — (n.) 1704, lack of grace, from AWKWARD (Cf. awkward) + NESS (Cf. ness). Meaning physical clumsiness is attested from c.1770; that of social embarrassment is from 1788 …   Etymology dictionary

  • Awkwardness — Awkward Awk ward ([add]k we[ e]rd), a. [Awk + ward.] 1. Wanting dexterity in the use of the hands, or of instruments; not dexterous; without skill; clumsy; wanting ease, grace, or effectiveness in movement; ungraceful; as, he was awkward at a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • awkwardness — awkward ► ADJECTIVE 1) hard to do or deal with. 2) causing or feeling embarrassment. 3) inconvenient. 4) clumsy. DERIVATIVES awkwardly adverb awkwardness noun. ORIGIN from obsolete …   English terms dictionary

  • awkwardness — noun 1. unskillfulness resulting from a lack of training • Syn: ↑clumsiness, ↑ineptness, ↑ineptitude, ↑maladroitness, ↑slowness • Derivationally related forms: ↑slow (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • awkwardness — See awkwardly. * * * …   Universalium

  • awkwardness — noun The state or quality of being awkward Syn: clunkiness, clumsiness, ineptness, ineptitude, inelegance See Also: awkwardly …   Wiktionary

  • awkwardness — (Roget s IV) n. 1. [Clumsiness] Syn. inaptitude, clumsiness, ineptitude, ineptness, inability, incompetence, botchery, gawkiness, maladroitness, crudeness, ignorance, heavy handedness, unhandiness, ungainliness, ungracefulness, oafishness,… …   English dictionary for students

  • awkwardness — awk·wardness || ɔːkwÉ™dnɪs n. gracelessness, ineptness, clumsiness, cumbersomeness …   English contemporary dictionary

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