From Old Norse ǫfugr, ǫfigr, afigr (“turned backwards”) (whence Danish avet (“backwards”), Swedish avig (“turned backwards”)), from Proto-Germanic. Cognate with German äbich, Gothic 𐌹𐌱𐌿𐌺𐍃 (ibuks, “turned back”). Akin to Sanskrit अपाच् (apāc, “turned away”) . Compare dialectal Danish ave (“to turn”), Icelandic öfga (“to reverse”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɔːk/
- (US) IPA(key): /ɔːk/
- (US) (cot–caught merger) IPA(key): /ɑːk/
- Homophone: auk
- (obsolete) Odd; out of order; perverse.
- (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?)
- (obsolete, Britain, dialect) Clumsy in performance or manners; unhandy; not dexterous; awkward.
- (US slang, of a situation) Awkward; uncomfortable.
- (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.
- ^ “awkward” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
- ^ Germanic cognates in Deutsches Wörterbuch
- ^ awk in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913