an awkward person?

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sky753

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Chinese
Hello Everyone,

In Longman, one of awkward's definition is "an awkward person is a man deliberately unhelpful", I can't quite catch its meaning, though some examples are provided there?

Could give me more examples for further appreciations?

Best regards

Sky
 
  • Greyfriar

    Senior Member
    Hi,

    From the Word Reference dictionary awk•ward /ˈɔkwɚd/USA pronunciation adj.
    1. clumsy;
      not having much skill:an awkward dancer.
    2. lacking grace or ease, as in movement or posture:took an awkward swing at the ball.
    3. lacking social graces or manners:always feels awkward at office parties.
    4. difficult to use or handle:an awkward tool.
    5. requiring skill or tact; difficult:an awkward situation.
    awk•ward•ly,adv. -
     

    sky753

    Senior Member
    Chinese
    Hi,

    From the Word Reference dictionary awk•ward /ˈɔkwɚd/USA pronunciation adj.
    1. clumsy;
      not having much skill:an awkward dancer.
    2. lacking grace or ease, as in movement or posture:took an awkward swing at the ball.
    3. lacking social graces or manners:always feels awkward at office parties.
    4. difficult to use or handle:an awkward tool.
    5. requiring skill or tact; difficult:an awkward situation.
    awk•ward•ly,adv. -
    Thanks for your reply, but still can't have a clear picture about the definition. Hope more daily examples can be offered here.
     

    velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    In the sense of 'deliberately unhelpful", "uncooperative", or "difficult":

    She says she can't help me with that difficult exercise, but I think she's just being awkward - she could if she wanted to.

    All I asked you to do was to tidy up your bedroom and hang up your clothes. Why are you being so awkward? I don't have time today, and you should do it yourself anyway.
     
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