Wanting dexterity in the use of the hands, or of instruments; not dexterous; without skill; clumsy; wanting ease, grace, or effectiveness in movement; ungraceful; as, he was awkward at a trick; an awkward boy.
- Not graceful; ungainly.
- Not dexterous; clumsy.
- Clumsily or unskillfully performed: The opera was marred by an awkward aria.
- Difficult to handle or manage: an awkward bundle to carry.
- Difficult to effect; uncomfortable: an awkward pose.
- Marked by or causing embarrassment or discomfort: an awkward remark; an awkward silence.
- Requiring great tact, ingenuity, skill, and discretion: An awkward situation arose during the peace talks.