Awkward silence

Awkward silence

In a social conversation, an awkward silence might occur momentarily when no one has anything to say and the conversation is halted as people wait for someone to break the silence. It is also known as a "pregnant pause."

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  • awkward — awk|ward S2 [ˈo:kwəd US ˈo:kwərd] adj [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: awk turned the wrong way (15 17 centuries) (from Old Norse öfugr) + ward] 1.) making you feel embarrassed so that you are not sure what to do or say = ↑difficult ▪ I hoped he would… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • awkward — adjective Etymology: Middle English awkeward in the wrong direction, from awke turned the wrong way, from Old Norse ǫfugr; akin to Old High German abuh turned the wrong way Date: 1530 1. obsolete perverse 2. archaic unfavorable …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • awkward */*/ — UK [ˈɔːkwə(r)d] / US [ˈɔkwərd] adjective 1) a) difficult to deal with and embarrassing After he spoke there was an awkward silence. Luckily nobody asked any awkward questions about what he was doing there. It s a bit awkward, because he s my… …   English dictionary

  • awkward — awk|ward [ ɔkwərd ] adjective ** 1. ) difficult to deal with and embarrassing: After he spoke there was an awkward silence. Luckily nobody asked any awkward questions about what he was doing there. It s a little awkward, because he s my friend… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English