Student Thesaurus

One entry found for awkward.
Entry Word: awkward
Function: adjective
Text: 1 lacking social grace and assurance <preteens feeling awkward at their first formal dance>
Synonyms clumsy, gauche, graceless, inelegant, roughhewn, stiff, stilted, uncomfortable, uneasy, ungraceful, wooden
Related Words gawky, lubberly, ungainly; boorish, clownish, uncouth; abashed, discomfited, discomforted, discomposed, disconcerted, discountenanced, embarrassed; agitated, bothered, chagrined, dismayed, disquieted, distressed, disturbed, fazed, flustered, jittery, jumpy, mortified, nervous, nonplussed (also nonplused), perturbed, rattled, unhinged, unsettled, upset; diffident, insecure, meek, modest, self-doubting, timid, unassertive, unassuming, unpretentious
Near Antonyms assured, calm, collected, composed, confident, cool, placid, poised, serene, secure, self-assured, self-confident, self-possessed, tranquil, undisturbed, unperturbed
Antonyms graceful, suave, urbane
2 showing or marked by a lack of skill and tact (as in dealing with a situation) <her awkward handling of the seating arrangements at the wedding reception resulted in many hurt feelings>
Synonyms botched, bungling, clumsy, fumbled, inept, inexpert, maladroit
Related Words amateur, amateurish, crude, green, incompetent, ineffectual, inefficient, inexperienced, unpolished, unprofessional, unskilled, unskillful; careless, sloppy, tacky, tactless, undiplomatic; ill-advised, ineffective, ineffectual, misdirected, misguided
Near Antonyms able, accomplished, adept, capable, clever, competent, consummate, crackerjack, expert, masterful, masterly, polished, professional, proficient, skilled, skillful, talented; diplomatic, easy, effortless, gracious, smooth, tactful
Antonyms adroit, deft, dexterous (also dextrous), facile
3 causing embarrassment <the awkward situation of having to listen in as your teacher talks about you to your parents>
Synonyms discomfiting, disconcerting, disturbing, embarrassing, flustering, uncomfortable
Related Words confusing, difficult, disagreeable, impossible, inconvenient, intolerable, troublesome, unpleasant, unwieldy; debasing, degrading, demeaning, humbling, humiliating, mortifying
Near Antonyms agreeable, comfortable, convenient, pleasing
4 causing difficulty, discomfort, or annoyance <our surprise guests came at a very awkward time> -- see INCONVENIENT 1
5 difficult to use or operate especially because of size, weight, or design <that manual can opener is awkward to hold> -- see CUMBERSOME
6 lacking in physical ease and grace in movement or in the use of the hands <an awkward person who is always tripping over herself> -- see CLUMSY 1