August 27, 2012
- awkward (adjective)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : lacking skill and flexibility2 : not graceful : clumsy3 : difficult to explain : embarrassing4 : difficult to use, handle, or deal with
- How do you use it?
- "Of course it helped that Zero dug some of his hole for him each day, but that wasn't as great as everyone thought it was. He always felt awkward while Zero was digging his hole, unsure of what to do with himself." (Louis Sachar, _Holes_)
- Are you a word wiz?
Try your hand at today's quiz. Which of the following is a synonym of "awkward"?We hope you chose D with ease. "Awkward" and "maladroit," along with "clumsy" and "inept," mean not marked by ease in performance, movement, or social conduct. "Awkward" may suggest unhandiness, inconvenience, embarrassment, or lack of muscular control or of tact. ("An awkward silence followed the musician's unusual performance.") "Maladroit" suggests a tendency to create awkward situations. ("Kim dreaded introducing her fiancÚ to her maladroit family.") "Clumsy" implies stiffness and heaviness and so may suggest inflexibility, unwieldiness, or lack of ordinary skill. ("Ty wished he was not such a clumsy dancer.") "Inept" often implies complete failure or inadequacy. ("We laughed at Dad's inept attempt to snowboard.")