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Another word for awkward

ADJ

  1. Lacking dexterity and grace in physical movement

    Idiom:

    all-thumbs

    See also:

    ability

  2. Clumsily lacking in the ability to do or perform

    See also:

    ability

  3. Characterized by inappropriateness and gracelessness, especially in expression

    See also:

    good

    ability

  4. Difficult to handle or manage

    See also:

    easy

  5. Characterized by embarrassment and discomfort

    See also:

    feelings

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