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Awkward appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Dr. Awkward
  • Diana saw Dr. Awkward was an aid.
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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective awkward:

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Definition of the adjective awkward

What does awkward mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more awkward / awkwarder | most awkward / awkwardest

  1. causing inconvenience
    • example: they arrived at an awkward time
    • similar: inconvenient
  2. lacking grace or skill in manner or movement or performance
  3. difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape
  4. not elegant or graceful in expression
  5. hard to deal with; especially causing pain or embarrassment
  6. socially uncomfortable; unsure and constrained in manner

Alternative definition of the adjective awkward


  1. Lacking dexterity in the use of the hands, or of instruments
  2. Not easily managed or effected; embarrassing
  3. Lacking social skills, or uncomfortable with social interaction
  4. Perverse; adverse; difficult to handle

Definition of the adverb awkward

What does awkward mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. [obsolete] In a backwards direction.


Awkward is an American teen comedy series created by Lauren Iungerich for MTV. The show's central character is Jenna Hamilton, a Palos Verdes, California, teenager who struggles with her identity, especially after an accident is misconstrued as a suicide attempt.


  1. "Awkward" is an album by Ty. It was released in 2001 on Ninja Tune records.
  2. "Awkward" is a musical EP of San Cisco.
    • released on
  3. "Awkward" is a musical EP of Rude Awakening.
    • released in (12 years ago)


Awkward is a canonical version, musical recording.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Awkward

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Google previewMo' Urban Dictionary (2009)

Ridonkulous Street Slang Defined by Aaron Peckham

awkward. arm. That arm that has nowhere to go when cuddling, spooning, or sleeping next to someone else. It usually leads to wishing arms could be pulled off and then put back on afterward.

Google previewMongolian English Dictionary (2013)

by Bawden,

knack, гарын ~ deftness, knack,~ муутай clumsy, awkward ДҮЙВҮҮЛЭХ ( дүйвүүлэн өнгөрөх) to distract,to sidetrack, яриаг ~ tochange thesubject ДҮЙВЭЭН noise, commotion ДҮЙГҮЙ awkward, clumsy ДҮЙГҮЙДЭХ tobe awkward, to be ...

Google previewCollins Primary Illustrated Dictionary (Collins Primary Dictionaries) (2015)

by Collins Dictionaries

awkward. ADJECTIVE 1 difficulttodeal with• an awkward situation 2 clumsy and uncomfortable• Thelarge bag was awkward to carry. [from Old Norse ofugr meaning turned the wrong way] ...

Google previewPansegrouw's Crossword Dictionary (1994)

by Louisa Pansegrouw

terrible, tremendous, ugly, vrot awfuIness dismalness, dreariness, ghastliness, gruesomeness, horribleness, nastiness, rottenness, vileness, wretchedness awful smell stench awhile briefly awkward angry, artless, bungling, clownish, clumsy, ...

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Quotes about Awkward

Husbands are awkward things to deal with even keeping them in hot water will not make them tender. (Mary Lorraine Buckley)
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Scrabble value of A1W4K5W4A1R1D2

The value of this 7-letter word is 18 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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