Definition of gawky in English:

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gawky

Pronunciation: /ˈɡôkē/

adjective (gawkier, gawkiest)

Nervously awkward and ungainly: a gawky teenager
More example sentences
  • I was a horribly gawky and nervous teenager and speech did not come smoothly out of my mouth.
  • I just wanted to be like everyone else: one of the short girls who was good at doing cartwheels, graceful and cute as a kitten as opposed to a huge gawky awkward giraffe such as myself.
  • Kids are gawky and awkward enough in junior high without forcing them to wear skinny ties and ill-fitting jackets while roaming like bison through a cramped gymnasium.
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gawkily

Pronunciation: /-kəlē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • Everybody had the impression that he molded her out of clay, although when you see her on a screen it seems impossible she was ever any different from how she is now: gawkily girlish, charmingly direct, unemphatically shrewd.
  • Snapping out of my stupor, I quickly turned around (hiding my by-now tomato-like face) and jammed the keys gawkily into the keyhole.
  • However, Meg approached him, and gave him a big hug, while Ryan shuffled his feet gawkily, staring at them from outside his shoes.

gawkiness

noun
Example sentences
  • In the e-mail, I thought to myself, I would explicate my apparent teenage gawkiness from the previous day as the consequence of being mortifyingly embarrassed and hapless.
  • They are magnificent, but they have a certain gawkiness about them.
  • My adolescent hormones, gawkiness, acne, hair that refused to be tamed - all left me constantly on the verge of tears.

Words that rhyme with gawky

balky, chalky, corky, Gorky, Milwaukee, pawky, porky, talkie, walkie-talkie

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Syllabification: gawk·y

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