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adjective awkward pronunciation in American English /ˈɔkwərd/
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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 little awkward, because he’s my friend but I’m still his boss.
  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.
  4. 4
    slightly wrong and not attractive or graceful
    She had arranged all the furniture at awkward angles.

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