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Awkwardly

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A'wkwardly. adv. [from awkward.] Clumsily; unreadily; inelegantly; ungainly.

Dametas nodding from the waste upwards, and swearing he never knew a man go more awkwardly to work. Sidney.

If any pretty creature is void of genius, and would perform her part but awkwardly, I must nevertheless insist upon her working. Addison. Spectator, № 606.

And when any thing is done awkwardly, the common saying will pass upon them, that it is suitable to their breeding. Locke.

She still renews the ancient scene;
Forgets the forty years between;
Awkwardly gay, and oddly merry;
Her scarf pale pink, her head-knot cherry.
Prior.

If a man be taught to hold his pen awkwardly, yet writes sufficiently well, it is not worth while to teach him the accurate methods of handling that instrument. Watts's Imp. of the Mind.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Locke, John (269) · Prior, Matthew (162) · Sidney, Philip (140) · Spectator (140) · Watts, Isaac (117)

Attributes: Adverb (147)

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