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adjective; clipping awkward
something that makes one feel uncomfortable or embarrassed usually in a social setting. clipping of “awkward” from mid-14c., "in the wrong direction," from awk "back-handed" + adverbial suffix -weard (see -ward). Meaning "clumsy" first recorded 1520s. Other formations from awk, none of them surviving, were awky, awkly, awkness.
 
“Those people probably thought I was staring at them – awk!”
Etymology : clipping of “awkward” from mid-14c., "in the wrong direction," from awk "back-handed" + adverbial suffix -weard (see -ward). Meaning "clumsy" first recorded 1520s. Other formations from awk, none of them surviving, were awky, awkly, awkness.
Source : Nov.15,2013 - conversation with friend
Last modified: 25 November 2013