awkward - definition and synonyms


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  1. 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 bit awkward, because he’s my friend but I’m still his boss.

    1. a.
      British someone who is awkward is difficult to deal with or please, and causes problems, often deliberately

      He’s just being awkward.

      an awkward customer

  2. 2
    something that is awkward is difficult to move or use because of its shape or position

    The crates were much too heavy and awkward for one person to carry.

  3. 3
    not comfortable, relaxed, or confident

    He stood there looking stiff and awkward in his uniform.

    feel awkward about (doing) something:

    She felt awkward about asking to borrow more money.

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