• WordNet 3.6
    • n awkwardness trouble in carrying or managing caused by bulk or shape "the movers cursed the unwieldiness of the big piano"
    • n awkwardness the inelegance of someone stiff and unrelaxed (as by embarrassment)
    • n awkwardness the carriage of someone whose movements and posture are ungainly or inelegant
    • n awkwardness the quality of an embarrassing situation "he sensed the awkwardness of his proposal"
    • n awkwardness unskillfulness resulting from a lack of training
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n awkwardness The state or quality of being awkward. Clumsiness; unwieldiness; unsuitableness: as, the awkwardness of a tool, or of a plan of operations; the awkwardness of a bundle on account of its size or shape.
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  • Joseph Addison
    “Mere bashfulness without merit is awkwardness.”
  • Edward De Bono
    Edward De Bono
    “I must say, I don't feel very qualified to be a pop star. I feel very awkward at times in the role.”
  • John Keats
    “I always made an awkward bow.”
  • Mary Buckley
    Mary Buckley
    “Husbands are awkward things to deal with; even keeping them in hot water will not make them tender.”
  • Ernest Hemingway
    “I might say that what amateurs call a style is usually only the unavoidable awkwardnesses in first trying to make something that has not heretofore been made.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Great endowments often announce themselves in youth in the form of singularity and awkwardness.”


In literature:

Meyer Isaacson said nothing; and, after a silence that was awkward, Nigel changed the conversation, and not long after went away.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
In simulated awkwardness, I unfortunately overdid my part.
"Prisoners of Chance" by Randall Parrish
He is so honest, and so naive without being awkward!
"Phineas Finn" by Anthony Trollope
But I felt the situation was an awkward one.
"Our Elizabeth" by Florence A. Kilpatrick
The transition must be made without awkwardness, without calling attention to it.
"The Craft of Fiction" by Percy Lubbock
As he reached the speaker's stand beneath the crowded canopy, there was an instant's awkward pause.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
She was tall and slim, almost to leanness, but there were no awkward angles and she was as graceful as a fawn.
"Joyce of the North Woods" by Harriet T. Comstock
And, then, it would be awkward seeing John.
"The Judgment of Eve" by May Sinclair
Spoke of the Bishop of Durham's awkwardness, Lord Rolle's fall, etc.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Volume 1 (of 3), 1837-1843)" by Queen Victoria
He sat irritated, shy, awkward, his feelings faithfully reflected in his face.
"Mary Gray" by Katharine Tynan

In poetry:

Here comes the dealer's awkward string,
With neck in rope and tail in knot,--
Rough colts, with careless country-swing,
In lazy walk or slouching trot.
"Spring Has Come" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
But there were wicked people found,
Who christen'd George "An awkward Hound;"
And said, "if you his dress descry,
You'd think he'd recent left the sty."
"Courtship" by William Hutton
There was a boy of other days,
A quiet, awkward, earnest lad,
Who trudged long weary miles to get
A book on which his heart was set—
And then no candle had!
"Lincoln" by Nancy Byrd Turner
'Tis an awkward thing to play with souls,
And matter enough to save one's own:
Yet think of my friend, and the burning coals
He played with for bits of stone!
"A Light Woman" by Robert Browning
No more the Muse obtrudes her thin disguise,
No more with awkward fallacy complains
How every fervour from my bosom flies,
And Reason in her lonesome palace reigns.
"Elegy XII. His Recantation" by William Shenstone
The Bellman looked uffish, and wrinkled his brow.
"If only you'd spoken before!
It's excessively awkward to mention it now,
With the Snark, so to speak, at the door!
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll

In news:

Stahl and Robb are good at capturing the pair's awkwardness.
The NFL and gambling, most awkward.
On March 20, 1764, a 20-year-old Thomas Jefferson wrote that he got a killer, two-day headache after he behaved awkwardly in front of a girl he fancied.
On 'Web Therapy' and 'Awkward,' a lot of Skyping and sniping .
Before the question can be considered, a handsome bachelor climbs awkwardly into the audience to relate a personal tale of obsessive love.
Specially Built Screen Wall Serves Awkward-Walled Theater.
My kids quote from it (admittedly awkward when they're doing it in the first grade).
David Kunzle has chosen an awkward moment to write seriously and in detail about corsets and tight-lacing.
The Problem Area An awkwardly shaped closet stuffed to the gills with everything from tennis rackets to batteries.
OFT whistleblower, or awkward starer .
For years, it has existed in a state of quasi-legality — condemned by each successive presidential administration, encouraged by the state Legislature, and awkwardly condoned by the city.
Waiting for a person who stutters to finish delivering a thought can be awkward.
When stuck in an awkward cocktail party conversation, try to deflect questions.
She accepts the apology and awards him a "high-five" due to him being an "awkward man.".
Acer 's Iconia W700 convertible tablet is an awkward compromise.

In science:

The extra step in the definition of packing measure causes it to be more awkward to work with than Hausdorff measure.
Dimension and measure for typical random fractals
An important additional property, namely discriminant factorisation, is observed in Section 3, it removes the apparent awkwardness of dealing with multivalued evolution of the quadratic models and allows straightforward verification of the multidimensional consistency.
A multidimensionally consistent version of Hirota's discrete KdV equation
Remark 1.7. (i) Although the preceding corol lary does look somewhat awkward, it becomes much clearer for concrete choices of ¯F .
Biased random walk on critical Galton-Watson trees conditioned to survive
The statement of the following lemma is a little awkward, because it is going to be applied not to the original potential V .
A class of integrable Hamiltonian systems including scattering of particles on the line with repulsive interactions
The idea behind the approach is based on the fact that the probabilities pi depend on the system’s size M and therefore are awkward to use in mimicking a macroscopic experiment.
Normal and anomalous diffusion in random potential landscapes