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Meaning & Definition of Awkwardness in English

English

Awkwardness

/ɔkwərdnəs/

noun

1. Unskillfulness resulting from a lack of training

    synonym:
  • awkwardness
  • ,
  • clumsiness
  • ,
  • ineptness
  • ,
  • ineptitude
  • ,
  • maladroitness
  • ,
  • slowness

2. The quality of an embarrassing situation

  • "He sensed the awkwardness of his proposal"
    synonym:
  • awkwardness
  • ,
  • nuisance value

3. The carriage of someone whose movements and posture are ungainly or inelegant

    synonym:
  • awkwardness
  • ,
  • clumsiness

4. The inelegance of someone stiff and unrelaxed (as by embarrassment)

    synonym:
  • awkwardness
  • ,
  • clumsiness
  • ,
  • gracelessness
  • ,
  • stiffness

5. Trouble in carrying or managing caused by bulk or shape

  • "The movers cursed the unwieldiness of the big piano"
    synonym:
  • awkwardness
  • ,
  • cumbersomeness
  • ,
  • unwieldiness