awkwardness

noun
1. unskillfulness resulting from a lack of training
Derivationally related forms: ↑slow (for: ↑slowness), ↑maladroit (for: ↑maladroitness), ↑inept (for: ↑ineptness), ↑clumsy (for: ↑clumsiness), ↑awkward
Hypernyms: ↑unskillfulness
Hyponyms: ↑rustiness
2. the quality of an embarrassing situation
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he sensed the awkwardness of his proposal

Syn: ↑nuisance value
Derivationally related forms: ↑awkward
Hypernyms: ↑disadvantage
3. the carriage of someone whose movements and posture are ungainly or inelegant
Syn: ↑clumsiness
Ant: ↑gracefulness
Derivationally related forms: ↑clumsy (for: ↑clumsiness)
Hypernyms: ↑carriage, ↑bearing, ↑posture
4. the inelegance of someone stiff and unrelaxed (as by embarrassment)
Syn: ↑clumsiness, ↑gracelessness, ↑stiffness
Derivationally related forms: ↑stiff (for: ↑stiffness), ↑graceless (for: ↑gracelessness), ↑clumsy (for: ↑clumsiness), ↑awkward
Hypernyms: ↑inelegance
Hyponyms: ↑woodenness, ↑rusticity, ↑gaucherie
5. trouble in carrying or managing caused by bulk or shape
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the movers cursed the unwieldiness of the big piano

Derivationally related forms: ↑unwieldy (for: ↑unwieldiness), ↑cumbersome (for: ↑cumbersomeness), ↑awkward
Hypernyms: ↑troublesomeness, ↑inconvenience, ↑worriment

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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