awkward ADJECTIVE 1) hard to do or deal with. 2) causing or feeling embarrassment. 3) inconvenient. 4) clumsy.
DERIVATIVES awkwardly adverb awkwardness noun.
ORIGIN from obsolete awk «clumsy», from Old Norse.

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