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lúng túng, ngượng nghịu
cảm thấy lúng túng ngượng nghịu
bất tiện; khó khăn, nguy hiểm
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khó xử, rầy rà, rắc rối
ở trong một tình thế khó xử
tuổi mới lớn
người nguy hiểm; con vật nguy hiểm
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awkward (ôkʹwərd) adjective

1. Not graceful; ungainly.

2. a. Not dexterous; clumsy. b. Clumsily or unskillfully performed: The opera was marred by an awkward aria.

3. a. Difficult to handle or manage: an awkward bundle to carry. b. Difficult to effect; uncomfortable: an awkward pose.

4. a. Marked by or causing embarrassment or discomfort: an awkward remark; an awkward silence. b. Requiring great tact, ingenuity, skill, and discretion: An awkward situation arose during the peace talks.


[Middle English awkeward, in the wrong way : awke, wrong (from Old Norse öfugr, backward) + -ward, -ward.]

awkʹwardly adverb

awkʹwardness noun

Synonyms: awkward, clumsy, maladroit, inept, gauche, ungainly. These adjectives mean lacking grace or skill in movement, manner, or performance. Awkward and clumsy, the least specific, are often interchangeable. Both emphasize lack of physical dexterity (an awkward dancer; clumsy fingers); both can also suggest embarrassment or lack of ease (several awkward moments in the discussion; offered a clumsy apology). Maladroit implies tactlessness or lack of skill in social relations: a maladroit comment. Inept applies to inappropriate actions and speech: If the rumor is true, can anything be more inept than to repeat it now? Gauche suggests a lack of social polish: too gauche to leave the room when the conversation became intimate. Ungainly implies a visible lack of grace in form or movement: long, ungainly legs; an ungainly gesture.

Đồng nghĩa - Phản nghĩa
awkward (adj)
  • embarrassing, tricky, problematic, difficult, thorny, complex
    antonym: straightforward
  • uncooperative, difficult, stubborn, obstinate, obdurate, stroppy (UK, informal)
    antonym: cooperative
  • unwieldy, cumbersome, bulky
    antonym: compact
  • clumsy, inelegant, graceless, gawky (informal), uncoordinated, ungainly
    antonym: graceful
  • uncomfortable, embarrassed, out of your depth, tongue-tied, self-conscious, discomfited (formal), gauche, inept, discomforted, ill at ease, uneasy
    antonym: comfortable