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(of a situation) causing uneasy embarrassment; awkward or uncomfortable.‘next Sunday's dinner is going to be a little awk’‘I sent that text complaining about work to my boss instead of my boyfriend—awks’‘the awks encounter with her ex’
- ‘Standing with the guys auditioning for the same part as you is so awk.’
- ‘Let's just hope she'd got her refund processed before the interview went live, or it could be a bit awk in-store.’
- ‘The friend replied "What if he wants you, won't that get awk?"’
- ‘The men singled Natalie out to sit and watch from the dance floor (slightly awks) as they broke out into the routine around her.’
- ‘Okay, this is getting awk.’
- ‘We walked in and felt a little awk because we were just standing waiting for a hostess or anyone to seat us for a good few minutes.’
- ‘Either way, it's pretty awk.’
- ‘Stiff upper-lipped Brits aren't keen on PDA at the best of times and it'll be super awks if you drool over your manager only to get dumped a few weeks later.’
- ‘This made things even more awks as he was in a full suit and bow-tie!’
Early 21st century: abbreviation of awkward.
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