awkward

adjective
1 making you feel so embarrassed that you are not sure what to do or say: The more she tried to get out of the situation, the more awkward it became. | an awkward pause | make things awkward (=cause trouble and make a situation very difficult): She could make things very awkward if she wanted to.
2 not convenient: I'm sorry, have I called at an awkward time?
3 moving or behaving in a way that does not seem relaxed or comfortable, especially because you feel nervous or embarrassed: I felt a bit awkward on my first day there, but I soon settled in. | an awkward wave | an awkward teenager
4 difficult to use or handle: The camera has a lot of small buttons, which makes it rather awkward to use.
5 an awkward person is deliberately unhelpful
(+ about): I wish you'd stop being so bloody awkward about everything. | an awkward customer (=someone who is difficult to deal with) - awkwardly adverb: "Are you the head tutor..." she began awkwardly. - awkwardness noun (U)

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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