1. [ noun ] the inelegance of someone stiff and unrelaxed (as by embarrassment)
Synonyms: gracelessness stiffness clumsiness
Related terms: inelegance rusticity
2. [ noun ] the carriage of someone whose movements and posture are ungainly or inelegant
Synonyms: clumsiness
Related terms: gracefulness carriage stiffness gawkiness gracelessness
3. [ noun ] the quality of an embarrassing situation
Synonyms: inconvenience nuisance_value

"he sensed the awkwardness of his proposal"

Related terms: disadvantage
4. [ noun ] unskillfulness resulting from a lack of training
Synonyms: slowness ineptness maladroitness ineptitude clumsiness
Related terms: unskillfulness
5. [ noun ] trouble in carrying or managing caused by bulk or shape
Synonyms: unwieldiness cumbersomeness

: "the movers cursed the unwieldiness of the big piano"

Related terms: troublesomeness
Similar spelling:   awkwardly