awk

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse ǫfugr, ǫfigr, afigr (turned backwards) ( > Danish avet (backwards), Swedish avig (turned backwards)), from Proto-Germanic[1]. Cognate with German äbich, Gothic 𐌹𐌱𐌿𐌺𐍃 (ibuks, turned back)[2]. Akin to Gothic अपाच् (अपाच्, turned away) [3]. Compare dialect Danish ave (to turn), Icelandic öfga (to reverse).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

awk (comparative more awk, superlative most awk)

  1. (obsolete) Odd; out of order; perverse.
  2. (obsolete) Wrong, or not commonly used; clumsy; sinister; as, the awk end of a rod (the butt end).
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Golding to this entry?)
  3. (obsolete, UK, dialect) Clumsy in performance or manners; unhandy; not dexterous; awkward.
  4. (US slang, of a situation) Awkward; uncomfortable.

Adverb[edit]

awk (comparative more awk, superlative most awk)

  1. (obsolete) Perversely; in the wrong way.

Proper noun[edit]

awk

  1. (computing) A Unix scripting language or the command line interface itself.

Noun[edit]

awk (uncountable)

  1. (usually attributive, computing) Code written in or skill in using the awk language.
    I used C, Perl, the Bourne shell, and some awk and tcl to implement these projects.

References[edit]

  1. ^ awkward” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
  2. ^ Germanic cognates in Deutsches Wörterbuch
  3. ^ awk in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

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