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1In an ungainly manner; not smoothly or gracefully:‘she waddled up the stairs awkwardly’‘he landed awkwardly after both of his vaults’‘the conclusion seems awkwardly grafted on to the main text’
- ‘They are well staged, but somtimes fall awkwardly between uncomfortable realism and Hollywood effectiveness.’
- ‘The figure's unnaturally elongated legs and awkwardly distended fingers seem a bit too mannered.’
- ‘The transition scenes are handled a little awkwardly.’
- ‘Awkwardly sited on the river meander, the bridge has an uncomfortable relationship with the freeway.’
- ‘We all sat in close quarters, awkwardly shuffling our coats and bags.’
- ‘In her portraits, the head fits awkwardly on the clothing.’
- ‘She stares straight ahead with her right hand on her hip and her left arm awkwardly looped through her father's elbow.’
- ‘A child buys a pair of ice cream cones and stomps awkwardly up a flight of steps.’
- ‘The directors' faces look cut out, almost as if by hand, and fit awkwardly against the mountain backdrop.’
- ‘Given enough webbing, Spider-Man gets awkwardly tangled.’
2In a way that shows uneasy embarrassment:‘Seth responded awkwardly, allowing the silence once again to settle between them’‘I cleared my throat awkwardly’
3In a way that causes difficulty:‘the cruise control is placed awkwardly on the control column’‘the ball bounced awkwardly, but Auguste controlled it with his chest’
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