awkwards

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From awkward +‎ -s. The adjective is formed on the analogy of adverbs and prepositions such as towards, forwards etc.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

awkwards

  1. plural of awkward.

Adjective[edit]

awkwards (comparative more awkwards, superlative most awkwards)

  1. (rare) awkward, embarrassing, difficult.
    • 1877, Edward Williams Johns, The Silver Wedding: A Romaunt Du Moyen Âge[1], page 190:
      This : " let her own works praise her in the gates" - / Where (being fifty three — these awkwards dates !)
    • 1930, Sir Reginald Rankin, A tour in the Himalayas and beyond[2], page 108:
      We had some awkwards bits to get over to-day. The path at best is a track not two feet wide on the mountain side, and there is no escape from the constantly recurring moraines, with their sharp deep sides eaten away by sub- niveal streams
    • 1980, Charles Parrott, Access to historic buildings for the disabled: suggestions for planning and implementation[3], page 32:
      In the two solutions shown above (a and b) , the first is awkwards, needing a ramp and handrails extending out from the building. In the second, a simple ramp cut into the first stair resulted in a successful solution, which achieved accessibility with minimal impact to the character of the building.

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