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Synonyms for gawky
ˈgɔ ki

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gawky, clumsy, clunky, ungainly, unwieldy(adj)

    lacking grace in movement or posture

    "a gawky lad with long ungainly legs"; "clumsy fingers"; "what an ungainly creature a giraffe is"; "heaved his unwieldy figure out of his chair"

    Synonyms:
    incompetent, fumbling, inept, unmanageable, ill-chosen, bungling, inapt, ungainly, cumbersome, awkward, clunky, unwieldy, clumsy, bunglesome

    Antonyms:
    graceful

Wiktionary

  1. gawky(adjective)

    Synonyms:
    ungraceful, gauche

  2. gawky(adjective)

    awkward, ungainly; lacking grace or dexterity in movement

    Synonyms:
    gauche, ungraceful

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. gawky

    Awkward, from awk (kindred with off, from the Norwegian), is off-ward, turned the wrong way; it was anciently used of a back-handed or left-handed blow in battle, of squinting eyes, etc. Clumsy, on the other hand (from clumse, also through the Norwegian), signifies benumbed, stiffened with cold; this is the original meaning of clumsy fingers, clumsy limbs. Thus, awkward primarily refers to action, clumsy to condition. A tool, a vehicle, or the human frame may be clumsy in shape or build, awkward in motion. The clumsy man is almost of necessity awkward, but the awkward man may not be naturally clumsy. The finest untrained colt is awkward in harness; a horse that is clumsy in build can never be trained out of awkwardness. An awkward statement has an uncomfortable, and perhaps recoiling force; a statement that contains ill-assorted and incongruous material in ill-chosen language is clumsy. We speak of an awkward predicament, an awkward scrape. An awkward excuse commonly reflects on the one who offers it. We say the admitted facts have an awkward appearance. In none of these cases could clumsy be used. Clumsy is, however, applied to movements that seem as unsuitable as those of benumbed and stiffened limbs. A dancing bear is both clumsy and awkward.

    Synonyms:
    awkward, boorish, bungling, clownish, clumsy, maladroit, rough, uncouth, ungainly, unhandy, unskilful

    Antonyms:
    adroit, clever, dexterous, handy, skilful

    Preposition:
    The raw recruit is awkward in action; at the business.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. gawky

    Synonyms:
    awkward, ungainly, uncouth, clumsy, clownish

    Antonyms:
    neat, handy, graceful, handsome

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. gawky(a.)

    Synonyms:
    awkward, ungainly, clownish, boorish, rustic, clumsy, raw, green, uncouth, ungainly, loutish

  2. gawky(n.)

    Synonyms:
    clown, boor, lout, bumpkin, awkward fellow

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. gawky(a)

    Synonyms:
    ungraceful, clumsy, ungainly, loutish, boorish, uncouth

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Words popularity by usage frequency

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#17452awkward
#24911incompetent
#27419cumbersome
#28776clumsy
#41493inept
#43028gauche
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#58332clunky
#58750unwieldy
#64747unmanageable
#98549uncouth
#108120bungling
#117069boorish
#121797ungainly
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#237471clownish
#269307ungraceful
#291589inapt

How to use gawky in a sentence?

  1. John Green:

    But I lacked the courage and she had a boyfriend and I was gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating so I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was a drizzle and she was a hurricane.


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