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3. awkward-awk(拗口)+ ward(word)----拗口的词- 说起来很笨拙
- awkward:  When awkward was coined, in Scotland and northern England, it meant ‘turned in the wrong direction’. Middle English had an adjective awk, which meant ‘the wrong way round, backhanded’, and hence ‘perverse’, and with the addition of the suffix -ward this became awkward. Awk itself was adopted from Old Norse afugr, which is related to German ab ‘away’ and English off. Awkward followed a similar semantic path to awk, via ‘perverse, illadapted’ to ‘clumsy’.
- awkward (adj.)
- mid-14c., "in the wrong direction," from awk "back-handed" + adverbial suffix -weard (see -ward). Meaning "clumsy" first recorded 1520s. Related: Awkwardly. Other formations from awk, none of them surviving, were awky, awkly, awkness.
- 1. Unfortunately, Grandma always seems to awaken at awkward moments.
- 2. Alexandra looked plump and awkward in her cast-off clothing.
- 3. I'm always being told off for being so awkward.
- 4. She's got to an age where she is being awkward.
- 5. It was small but heavy enough to make it awkward to carry.
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