If you are awkward, chances are you are uncomfortable. You could feel socially awkward, like when you forget the host's name. Or, you may feel physically awkward, like when you trip on your way to the podium.
Have you ever felt clumsy and that you had two left feet? That is how it is to feel awkward — literally that you are going in the wrong direction. Awkward is an example of a word literally meaning something and then figuratively meaning something related. Its Middle English roots are awke, meaning "backhanded," and -ward, to "go in the direction of." So, if you are feeling uncomfortable, or clumsy, it's probably because your hands are connected to you the wrong way!
adj lacking grace or skill in manner or movement or performance
displeasing to the senses
clumsy, clunky, gawky, ungainly, unwieldy
lacking grace in movement or posture
lacking grace; clumsy
labored, laboured, strained
lacking natural ease
lacking ease or grace
characterized by beauty of movement, style, form, or execution
delighting the senses or exciting intellectual or emotional admiration
refined and tasteful in appearance or behavior or style
displaying effortless beauty and simplicity in movement or execution
fluent, fluid, liquid, smooth
smooth and unconstrained in movement
graceful and pleasing
slender and graceful
lissom, lissome, lithe, lithesome, slender, supple, svelte, sylphlike
moving and bending with ease
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