Translation of awkward in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /ˈɔːkwərd; ˈɔːkwəd/


  • 1 (clumsy) [movement/person] torpe; [phrase/expression] poco elegante
  • 2 2.1 (difficult, inconvenient) [shape/angle] incómodo, poco práctico it's an awkward place to get to by rail es difícil llegar allí en tren Tuesday's awkward for me el martes me es difícil or no me viene bien you've called at a rather awkward moment, I'm afraid me temo que llamas en mal momento or en un momento inoportuno she could make things very awkward for you te podría hacer la vida imposible 2.2 (difficult to deal with) difícil he's an awkward customer [colloquial/familiar] es un tipo muy difícil [familiar/colloquial] he's at an awkward age está en una edad difícil
  • 3 3.1 (delicate, embarrassing) [decision/subject] delicado you've put me in a very awkward position me has puesto en una situación muy violenta or embarazosa 3.2 (embarrassed) [silence] incómodo, violento an awkward smile una sonrisa forzada I feel awkward in his company me encuentro incómodo or no estoy a gusto con él I feel awkward about discussing it with the doctor me resulta violento hablarlo con el médico

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