Pronunciation: (ôk'wurd),[key] —adj. 1. lacking skill or dexterity; clumsy.
2. lacking grace or ease in movement: an awkward gesture; an awkward dancer. 3. lacking social graces or manners: a simple, awkward frontiersman. 4. not well planned or designed for easy or effective use: an awkward instrument; an awkward method. 5. requiring caution; somewhat hazardous; dangerous: an awkward turn in the road. 6. hard to deal with; difficult; requiring skill, tact, or the like: an awkward situation; an awkward customer. 7. embarrassing or inconvenient; caused by lack of social grace: an awkward moment 8. Obs.untoward; perverse.