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Ackward vs. Awkward: Mastering the Correct Spelling

Edited by Huma Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Published on January 24, 2024
"Ackward" is an incorrect spelling, whereas "awkward" is correct, referring to something causing difficulty or discomfort.

Which is correct: Ackward or Awkward

How to spell Awkward?

Ackward is Incorrect

Awkward is Correct

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Key Differences

"A" starts both words, but "awkward" has a "k" for 'know' the right spelling.
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Jan 24, 2024
Link "awkward" with "awk" (like a bird), symbolizing clumsy movements.
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Jan 24, 2024
Visualize "awkward" as an 'awkwardly' shaped word with an extra "k."
Aimie Carlson
Jan 24, 2024
Remember "awk" as the sound of discomfort, which is part of "awkward."
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Jan 24, 2024
Think of "ward" as in "forward" – awkward moves forward in spelling.
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Jan 24, 2024
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Awkward Definitions

Difficult to Use.
The tool's awkward design made the job harder.
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Causing Discomfort.
His jokes were so awkward, they made everyone cringe.
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Lacking Grace or Skill.
She moved awkwardly on the dance floor.
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Dec 25, 2023
Inconvenient.
It was an awkward time for a meeting.
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Dec 25, 2023
Embarrassing.
The silence after his remark was painfully awkward.
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Dec 25, 2023
Not graceful; ungainly.
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Dec 23, 2023
Not dexterous; clumsy.
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Clumsily or unskillfully performed
The opera was marred by an awkward aria.
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Difficult to handle or manage
An awkward bundle to carry.
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Difficult to effect; uncomfortable
An awkward pose.
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Marked by or causing embarrassment or discomfort
An awkward remark.
An awkward silence.
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Requiring great tact, ingenuity, skill, and discretion
An awkward situation arose during the peace talks.
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(obsolete) In a backwards direction.
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Lacking dexterity in the use of the hands, or of instruments.
John was awkward at performing the trick. He'll have to practice to improve.
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Not easily managed or effected; embarrassing.
That was an extremely awkward moment. Everyone was watching.
An awkward silence had fallen.
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Lacking social skills, or uncomfortable with social interaction.
I'm very awkward at parties.
Things get very awkward whenever 60-year old men use cheesy pick-up lines on me.
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Perverse; adverse; difficult to handle.
He's a right awkward chap.
These cabinets are going to be very awkward when we move.
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Someone or something that is awkward.
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Wanting dexterity in the use of the hands, or of instruments; not dexterous; without skill; clumsy; wanting ease, grace, or effectiveness in movement; ungraceful; as, he was awkward at a trick; an awkward boy.
And dropped an awkward courtesy.
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Perverse; adverse; untoward.
O blind guides, which being of an awkward religion, do strain out a gnat, and swallow up a cancel.
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Causing inconvenience;
They arrived at an awkward time
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Lacking grace or skill in manner or movement or performance;
An awkward dancer
An awkward gesture
Too awkward with a needle to make her own clothes
His clumsy fingers produced an awkward knot
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Difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape;
An awkward bundle to carry
A load of bunglesome paraphernalia
Clumsy wooden shoes
The cello, a rather ungainly instrument for a girl
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Not elegant or graceful in expression;
An awkward prose style
A clumsy apology
His cumbersome writing style
If the rumor is true, can anything be more inept than to repeat it now?
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Hard to deal with; especially causing pain or embarrassment;
Awkward (or embarrassing or difficult) moments in the discussion
An awkward pause followed his remark
A sticky question
In the unenviable position of resorting to an act he had planned to save for the climax of the campaign
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Not at ease socially; unsure and constrained in manner;
Awkward and reserved at parties
Ill at ease among eddies of people he didn't know
Was always uneasy with strangers
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FAQs

Which vowel is used before awkward?

The vowel "a" is used at the beginning of "awkward."
Aimie Carlson
Jan 24, 2024

What is the root word of awkward?

The root of "awkward" comes from the Old Norse word "afugr," meaning turned the wrong way, and the Middle English "awk," meaning backhanded or perverse.
Aimie Carlson
Jan 24, 2024

Why is it called awkward?

Awkward is called so because it describes a lack of grace, skill, or dexterity in movement or behavior.
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Jan 24, 2024

Which conjunction is used with awkward?

Any conjunction can be used with "awkward," depending on the sentence structure. Examples include "and," "but," and "or."
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Jan 24, 2024

What is the singular form of awkward?

Awkward itself is singular and does not change form.
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Jan 24, 2024

What is the pronunciation of awkward?

Awkward is pronounced as /ˈɔːkwərd/.
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Jan 24, 2024

Is awkward an adverb?

No, awkward is not an adverb.
Janet White
Jan 24, 2024

Is awkward a negative or positive word?

Awkward is generally considered a negative word as it implies discomfort or lack of ease.
Aimie Carlson
Jan 24, 2024

What is the verb form of awkward?

Awkward does not have a verb form as it is primarily an adjective.
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Jan 24, 2024

What is the plural form of awkward?

Awkward does not have a plural form as it is an adjective.
Janet White
Jan 24, 2024

Is awkward a collective noun?

Awkward is not a noun, so it cannot be a collective noun.
Aimie Carlson
Jan 24, 2024

Which article is used with awkward?

Both "the" and "an" can be used with "awkward," depending on the context.
Janet White
Jan 24, 2024

Is awkward a noun or adjective?

Awkward is an adjective.
Aimie Carlson
Jan 24, 2024

Is awkward a countable noun?

Awkward is not a noun, so it is neither countable nor uncountable.
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Jan 24, 2024

How many syllables are in awkward?

There are two syllables in "awkward."
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Jan 24, 2024

How do we divide awkward into syllables?

Awkward is divided into syllables as "awk-ward."
Aimie Carlson
Jan 24, 2024

What is another term for awkward?

Another term for awkward could be "clumsy" or "uncomfortable."
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Jan 24, 2024

Which determiner is used with awkward?

Determiners like "an," "the," and "this" can be used with "awkward," depending on the context.
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Jan 24, 2024

What is the first form of awkward?

Awkward in its first form is "awkward," as it is an adjective.
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Jan 24, 2024

Which preposition is used with awkward?

Common prepositions used with "awkward" are "in," "with," and "for."
Aimie Carlson
Jan 24, 2024

Is the word awkward is imperative?

No, "awkward" is not an imperative as it is an adjective, not a verb form.
Janet White
Jan 24, 2024

What is a stressed syllable in awkward?

The first syllable "awk-" is the stressed syllable in "awkward."
Aimie Carlson
Jan 24, 2024

What part of speech is awkward?

Awkward is an adjective.
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Jan 24, 2024

What is the opposite of awkward?

The opposite of awkward is "graceful" or "smooth."
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Jan 24, 2024

What is the second form of awkward?

There is no second form of "awkward" as it does not conjugate like a verb.
Janet White
Jan 24, 2024

Is awkward an abstract noun?

Awkward is not a noun; it is an adjective.
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Jan 24, 2024

Is awkward a vowel or consonant?

The word "awkward" begins with a vowel.
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Jan 24, 2024

Is the awkward term a metaphor?

"Awkward" itself is not a metaphor, but it can be used in metaphorical expressions.
Janet White
Jan 24, 2024

What is the third form of awkward?

Awkward does not have a third form, as it is not a verb.
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Jan 24, 2024

How is awkward used in a sentence?

Example: "He felt awkward when he couldn't remember her name."
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