Etymology
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awkwardness (n.)

1704, "lack of grace, inelegance," from awkward + -ness. Meaning "physical clumsiness" is attested from 1770; that of "social embarrassment" by 1788.

updated on March 08, 2017

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Definitions of awkwardness from WordNet

awkwardness (n.)
unskillfulness resulting from a lack of training;
Synonyms: clumsiness / ineptness / ineptitude / maladroitness / slowness
awkwardness (n.)
the quality of an embarrassing situation;
he sensed the awkwardness of his proposal
Synonyms: nuisance value
awkwardness (n.)
the carriage of someone whose movements and posture are ungainly or inelegant;
Synonyms: clumsiness
awkwardness (n.)
the inelegance of someone stiff and unrelaxed (as by embarrassment);
Synonyms: clumsiness / gracelessness / stiffness
awkwardness (n.)
trouble in carrying or managing caused by bulk or shape;
Synonyms: cumbersomeness / unwieldiness
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.

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