awkwardly

(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. clumsily, bunglingly, unskillfully, unadroitly, ineptly, maladroitly, undexterously, fumblingly, lumberingly, ponderously, gawkily, gauchely, uncouthly, gracelessly, inelegantly, incompetently, amateurishly, ungracefully, stiffly, woodenly, rigidly, with difficulty, with embarrassment, in an ungainly manner, with unaccustomed fingers.
Ant. gracefully*, skillfully, adroitly.

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  • awkwardly — awk|ward|ly [ ɔkwərdli ] adverb 1. ) in a way that shows you are not comfortable, relaxed, or confident: They smiled awkwardly at the camera. She responded awkwardly to the allegations. 2. ) with difficulty or in a way that is not graceful: He… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • awkwardly — UK [ˈɔːkwə(r)dlɪ] / US [ˈɔkwərdlɪ] adverb 1) in a way that shows you are not comfortable, relaxed, or confident They smiled awkwardly at the camera. She responded rather awkwardly to the allegations. 2) with difficulty or in a way that is not… …   English dictionary

  • awkwardly — adv. Awkwardly is used with these adjectives: ↑shaped Awkwardly is used with these verbs: ↑cough, ↑land, ↑pat, ↑pause, ↑say, ↑shrug, ↑shuffle, ↑sit, ↑stand …   Collocations dictionary

  • awkwardly — [ˈɔːkwədli] adv 1) in a way that shows you are not comfortable, relaxed, or confident They smiled awkwardly at the camera.[/ex] 2) in a way that is not graceful He moved to get out of the way and fell awkwardly.[/ex] …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • awkwardly — awkward ► ADJECTIVE 1) hard to do or deal with. 2) causing or feeling embarrassment. 3) inconvenient. 4) clumsy. DERIVATIVES awkwardly adverb awkwardness noun. ORIGIN from obsolete …   English terms dictionary

  • awkwardly — adverb in an awkward manner (Freq. 3) he bent awkwardly • Derived from adjective: ↑awkward …   Useful english dictionary

  • Awkwardly — Awkward Awk ward ([add]k we[ e]rd), a. [Awk + ward.] 1. Wanting dexterity in the use of the hands, or of instruments; not dexterous; without skill; clumsy; wanting ease, grace, or effectiveness in movement; ungraceful; as, he was awkward at a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • awkwardly — adverb see awkward …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • awkwardly — See awkward. * * * …   Universalium

  • awkwardly — adverb in an awkward manner; with discomfort or lack of coordination …   Wiktionary

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