Awkward

Definition of Awkward

Awk´ward   Pronunciation: ạk´weẽrd
a.1.Wanting dexterity in the use of the hands, or of instruments; not dexterous; without skill; clumsy; wanting ease, grace, or effectiveness in movement; ungraceful; as, he was awkward at a trick; an awkward boy.
And dropped an awkward courtesy.
- Dryden.
2.Not easily managed or effected; embarrassing.
A long and awkward process.
- Macaulay.
An awkward affair is one that has gone wrong, and is difficult to adjust.
- C. J. Smith.
3.Perverse; adverse; untoward.
O blind guides, which being of an awkward religion, do strain out a gnat, and swallow up a cancel.
- Udall.

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