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Awkward synonyms

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  1. Awkward, lacking coordination, not graceful, not dextrous
  2. Not elegant or well-planned, lacking tact or subtlety
  3. Awkward or inefficient in use or construction, difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape
Showing a lack of judgment, sense, or reason; inappropriate or foolish:
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  1. Showing a lack of judgment, sense, or reason; inappropriate or foolish:
  2. Lacking or showing a lack of skill or competence; bungling or clumsy:
  3. Not suitable to the purpose; unfit
Not expert; unskillful; amateurish
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  1. Not expert; unskillful; amateurish
  1. Inept; clumsy; awkward; not adroit
  2. Marked by a lack of adroitness; inept.
Coarse and unattractive
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  1. Coarse and unattractive
  2. Lacking grace or ease of movement or form; clumsy.
  3. Difficult to move or use; unwieldy.
Lacking planning, method, or organization.
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  1. Lacking planning, method, or organization.
  2. (Of body movement) Lacking coordination
  3. (Of a project etc) Not coordinated or properly planned
Awkward; ungainly.
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  1. Awkward; ungainly.
  2. Awkward, ungainly; lacking grace or dexterity in movement
  3. Awkward or ungainly, often, specif., from being disproportionately tall
(Colloquial, nonstandard) Not graceful; lacking grace.
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  1. (Colloquial, nonstandard) Not graceful; lacking grace.
  1. Not skillful.
  2. (Obsolete) Ignorant.
  3. Not skillful; having little or no skill or dexterity; awkward
Requiring no training or skill:
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  1. Requiring no training or skill:
  2. Of a made object: inexpertly made or showing a lack of skill.
  3. Requiring or using no special skill or training
Lacking manual skill or dexterity.
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  1. Lacking manual skill or dexterity.
  2. Not clever with the hands; awkward
  3. Difficult to handle or manage; unwieldy.
Not polished; not brought to a polish.
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  1. Not polished; not brought to a polish.
  2. Not refined in manners; uncivilized; rude; plain.
  3. Not smooth and shiny:
Lacking grace or social polish; awkward or tactless.
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  1. Lacking grace or social polish; awkward or tactless.
Not moving or operating easily or freely; resistant:
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  1. Not moving or operating easily or freely; resistant:
  2. Not liquid, loose, or fluid; thick:
  3. Not fluid or loose; viscous; thick; dense; firm
Inferior or clumsy in treatment or performance:
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  1. Inferior or clumsy in treatment or performance:
  2. Lacking any sense of what is right or proper
  3. Without grace; clumsy or inelegant
  1. (Archaic) Unfamiliar, strange, foreign.
  2. Awkward; clumsy; ungainly
  3. (Archaic) Not known or familiar; strange
Not experienced; lacking knowledge or experience; green.
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  1. Not experienced; lacking knowledge or experience; green.
Without adequate ability, knowledge, fitness, etc.; failing to meet requirements; incapable; unskillful
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  1. Without adequate ability, knowledge, fitness, etc.; failing to meet requirements; incapable; unskillful
  2. Inadequate for or unsuited to a particular purpose or application:
  3. (Law) Not legally qualified, as testimony that does not meet the standards for admissibility or a juror whose personal interest in the outcome of the case does not allow him or her to serve.
Covered with rust; corroded.
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  1. Covered with rust; corroded.
  2. Coated with rust, as a metal, or affected with the disease of rust, as a plant
  3. Having the color of rust
Beneficial to the environment or less harmful to the environment than others:
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  1. Beneficial to the environment or less harmful to the environment than others:
  2. Made with green or leafy vegetables:
  3. Not cured or tanned:
Like an amateur; inexpert; unskillful
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  1. Like an amateur; inexpert; unskillful
  2. Characteristic of an amateur; not professional.
Prone to dropping things; clumsy
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Full of botches or mistakes; poorly done.
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Designating an insincere or ambiguous compliment; backhanded
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  1. Designating an insincere or ambiguous compliment; backhanded
  2. Having an asymmetrical molecular or crystal structure that is conventionally viewed as having certain components on the left side: said of an isomer that is the mirror image of one that is right-handed
  3. Intended for wear on or use by the left hand:
Difficult to carry or manage because of size, shape, weight, or complexity:
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  1. Difficult to carry or manage because of size, shape, weight, or complexity:
  2. (Now Rare) Awkward; clumsy
Hard to handle or deal with as because of size, weight, or complexity; burdensome; unwieldy; clumsy
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  1. Hard to handle or deal with as because of size, weight, or complexity; burdensome; unwieldy; clumsy
  2. Hard, difficult, demanding to handle or get around with.
  3. Not easily managed or handled; awkward.
Labored and dull
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  1. Labored and dull
  2. That seems heavy; bulky; massive
  3. Slow or difficult to manage, especially because of complexity:
Not convenient, especially:
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  1. Not convenient, especially:
  2. Not convenient
  3. Not favorable to one's comfort; difficult to do, use, or get to; causing trouble or bother; unhandy
Causing inconvenience; uncomfortable; troublesome
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  1. Causing inconvenience; uncomfortable; troublesome
  2. Inconvenient or uncomfortable, as by not affording sufficient space.
  3. Discomforting, inconvenient, or unsuitable.
Not to one's taste; unpleasant; offensive
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  1. Not to one's taste; unpleasant; offensive
  2. Exciting repugnance; offensive to the feelings or senses; displeasing; unpleasant.
  3. Not to one's liking; unpleasant or offensive.
Uncomfortably small or restricted:
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  1. Uncomfortably small or restricted:
  2. Tight because of or like suffering a cramp
  3. Difficult to read, especially for being crowded into a small space:
Not convenient
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  1. Not convenient
  2. Not convenient, especially:
  3. Not favorable to one's comfort; difficult to do, use, or get to; causing trouble or bother; unhandy
Inappropriate or ill-timed; not opportune.
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  1. Inappropriate or ill-timed; not opportune.
  2. At an inconvenient or inappropriate time
  3. Unsuitable for some particular purpose
Tending to take offense with slight cause; oversensitive.
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  1. Tending to take offense with slight cause; oversensitive.
  2. Highly sensitive to touch. Used of a body part.
  3. Requiring special tact or skill in handling; delicate:
Requiring careful or tactful treatment:
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  1. Requiring careful or tactful treatment:
  2. Easily broken or damaged:
  3. Marked by sensitivity of discrimination:
Caused by or displaying an awkward or uneasy self-consciousness
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  1. Caused by or displaying an awkward or uneasy self-consciousness
  2. Having a feeling of shameful discomfort.
Socially ill at ease:
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  1. Socially ill at ease:
  2. Socially ill at ease
  3. Awkward or embarrassed in the presence of others; ill at ease
  1. Awkward, lacking coordination, not graceful, not dextrous
  2. Awkward or inefficient in use or construction, difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape
  3. Gauche; inept:
Awkward or ungainly, often, specif., from being disproportionately tall
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  1. Awkward or ungainly, often, specif., from being disproportionately tall
  2. Awkward, ungainly; lacking grace or dexterity in movement
  3. Awkward; ungainly.
Lacking any sense of what is right or proper
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  1. Lacking any sense of what is right or proper
  2. Without grace; clumsy or inelegant
  3. Lacking grace; clumsy.
Showing a lack of judgment, sense, or reason; inappropriate or foolish:
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  1. Showing a lack of judgment, sense, or reason; inappropriate or foolish:
  2. Lacking or showing a lack of skill or competence; bungling or clumsy:
  3. Clumsy or bungling
Heavy, clumsy, dull, stupid, etc.
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  1. Heavy, clumsy, dull, stupid, etc.
  2. Shaped like a lump, ill defined in shape.
  3. Clumsy or cumbersome.
Marked by a lack of adroitness; inept.
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  1. Marked by a lack of adroitness; inept.
  2. Inept; clumsy; awkward; not adroit
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  1. Clumsy; lacking grace.
  2. Difficult to move or use; unwieldy.
  3. Awkward; clumsy
(Colloquial, nonstandard) Not graceful; lacking grace.
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  1. (Colloquial, nonstandard) Not graceful; lacking grace.
  1. Awkward, lacking coordination, not graceful, not dextrous
  2. Awkward or inefficient in use or construction, difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape
  3. Gauche; inept:
Lacking grace or social polish; awkward or tactless.
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  1. Lacking grace or social polish; awkward or tactless.
Alternative form of heavy-handed.
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  1. Alternative form of heavy-handed.
  2. Without a light touch; clumsy or tactless
  3. Clumsy; awkward.
Showing a lack of judgment, sense, or reason; inappropriate or foolish:
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  1. Showing a lack of judgment, sense, or reason; inappropriate or foolish:
  2. Lacking or showing a lack of skill or competence; bungling or clumsy:
  3. Clumsy or bungling
Marked by a lack of adroitness; inept.
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  1. Marked by a lack of adroitness; inept.
  2. Inept; clumsy; awkward; not adroit
  1. Not skillful.
  2. (Obsolete) Ignorant.
  3. Not skillful; having little or no skill or dexterity; awkward
Unsuitable or improper.
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  1. Unsuitable or improper.
  2. Not appropriate; not suitable, fitting, or proper
Not suitable to the purpose; unfit
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  1. Not suitable to the purpose; unfit
  2. Lacking or showing a lack of skill or competence; bungling or clumsy:
  3. Showing a lack of judgment, sense, or reason; inappropriate or foolish:
Inappropriate; ill-chosen:
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  1. Inappropriate; ill-chosen:
  2. Not felicitous; unfortunate or unsuitable
  3. Unhappy or unfortunate.
Regrettable; deplorable:
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  1. Regrettable; deplorable:
  2. Not suitable or successful
  3. Characterized by, bringing, or causing misfortune:
Not suitable; inappropriate:
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  1. Not suitable; inappropriate:
  2. Not happy or joyful; sad or sorrowful:
  3. Unlucky; unfortunate
(Bodybuilding) Having excess body mass, especially muscle.
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  1. (Bodybuilding) Having excess body mass, especially muscle.
  2. Clumsy to manage; unwieldy.
  3. Unwieldy
Not elegant or well-planned, lacking tact or subtlety
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  1. Not elegant or well-planned, lacking tact or subtlety
  2. Awkward or inefficient in use or construction, difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape
  3. Gauche; inept:
Lacking grace or ease of movement or form; clumsy.
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  1. Lacking grace or ease of movement or form; clumsy.
  2. Difficult to move or use; unwieldy.
  3. Awkward; clumsy
Lacking manual skill or dexterity.
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  1. Lacking manual skill or dexterity.
  2. Not handy, unapt, clumsy, not dexterous.
  3. Difficult to handle or manage; unwieldy.
  1. Not manageable; not readily submitting to handling or management; not easily restrained, governed, or directed; not controllable.
  2. Difficult to carry or maneuver; unwieldy:
Difficult to carry or manage because of size, shape, weight, or complexity:
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  1. Difficult to carry or manage because of size, shape, weight, or complexity:
  2. (Now Rare) Awkward; clumsy
Compelled; forced; obliged
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  1. Compelled; forced; obliged
  2. Forced and unnatural
  1. Uneasy or anxious.
  2. Ill at ease; uneasy.
  3. Not comfortable; feeling discomfort
Awkward or unsure in manner; constrained:
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  1. Awkward or unsure in manner; constrained:
  2. Affording no ease or reassurance:
  3. Awkward; constrained

Synonym Study

  • Inept can also refer to general lack of skill or competence
  • Maladroit and inept both imply tactlessness in social relations, maladroit often emphasizing this as a tendency and inept stressing inappropriateness of a particular act or remark inept praise
  • Clumsy , emphasizing stiffness or bulkiness, suggests a lack of flexibility, dexterity, or adroitness, unwieldiness or tactlessness a clumsy build, clumsy galoshes, a clumsy apology
  • Awkward implies unfitness for smooth, easy functioning and has the broadest application of the terms here, suggesting ungracefulness, unwieldiness, inconvenience or embarrassment an awkward dancer, implement, step, position, silence
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