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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɔːkwədz/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɔkwɚdz/
- (Canada, cot–caught merger) IPA(key): /ˈɑkwɚdz/
- plural of .
- (rare) awkward, embarrassing, difficult.
- 1877, Edward Williams Johns, The Silver Wedding: A Romaunt Du Moyen Âge, 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, 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, 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.