awkward situation


awkward situation
embarrassing situation, situation which makes one feel uncomfortable

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • awkward — awk|ward S2 [ˈo:kwəd US ˈo:kwərd] adj [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: awk turned the wrong way (15 17 centuries) (from Old Norse öfugr) + ward] 1.) making you feel embarrassed so that you are not sure what to do or say = ↑difficult ▪ I hoped he would… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • awkward — awkwardly, adv. awkwardness, n. /awk weuhrd/, adj. 1. lacking skill or dexterity; clumsy. 2. lacking grace or ease in movement: an awkward gesture; an awkward dancer. 3. lacking social graces or manners: a simple, awkward frontiersman. 4. not… …   Universalium

  • awkward — awk•ward [[t]ˈɔk wərd[/t]] adj. 1) lacking skill or dexterity; clumsy 2) lacking grace or ease, as in movement or posture: an awkward gesture[/ex] 3) lacking social graces or manners 4) ill adapted for ease of use or handling: an awkward… …   From formal English to slang

  • awkward — adj. 1 ill adapted for use; causing difficulty in use. 2 clumsy or bungling. 3 a embarrassed (felt awkward about it). b embarrassing (an awkward situation). 4 difficult to deal with (an awkward customer). Phrases and idioms: the awkward age… …   Useful english dictionary


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