Definition of awkwardness in English:



  • The quality of being awkward.

    ‘there was a moment of awkwardness’
    ‘the awkwardness of youth’
    • ‘There is a pervading sense of discomfort and awkwardness about their arrangement and interaction.’
    • ‘The first episode comes across reasonably well but I think the ensuing episodes will be better once the initial awkwardnesses are out of the way.’
    • ‘One senses that it is a much-resisted process, full of compromises and awkwardnesses, but it proceeds nonetheless.’
    • ‘The campaign is unlikely to help, and quite likely to increase awkwardness and embarrassment.’
    • ‘Nervousness and awkwardness set in before the next track brings the funk back.’
    embarrassment, self-consciousness, discomfort, discomfiture, uneasiness, edginess, tension, nervousness
    ungainliness, clumsiness, lack of coordination, gracelessness, inelegance, ineptness, gaucheness, gawkiness
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