|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|
|Related terms:||gracefulness carriage stiffness gawkiness gracelessness|
|3.||[ noun ] the quality of an embarrassing situation|
"he sensed the awkwardness of his proposal"
|4.||[ noun ] unskillfulness resulting from a lack of training|
|Synonyms:||slowness ineptness maladroitness ineptitude clumsiness|
|5.||[ noun ] trouble in carrying or managing caused by bulk or shape|
: "the movers cursed the unwieldiness of the big piano"