Gawky people are awkward and uncoordinated, like giraffes doing ballet. Teenagers often feel gawky when their arms and legs grow faster than the rest of them.

If you've ever felt awkward and clumsy, tripping over your own feet as you head down the hall or bumping your head on your open locker, you know what it's like to feel gawky. This adjective comes from the 16th century phrase gawk hand, or "left hand."

Definitions of gawky
  1. adjective
    lacking grace in movement or posture
    “a gawky lad with long ungainly legs”
    synonyms: clumsy, clunky, ungainly, unwieldy
    lacking grace or skill in manner or movement or performance
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