Awkward vs Shamed - What's the difference?

awkward | shamed |

As an adverb awkward

is (obsolete) in a backwards direction.

As an adjective awkward

is lacking dexterity in the use of the hands, or of instruments.

As a verb shamed is


Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en adverb)
  • (obsolete) In a backwards direction.
  • *, Bk.V, Ch.x:
  • Than groned the knyght for his grymme woundis, and gyrdis to Sir Gawayne and awkewarde hym strykes, and.


  • Lacking dexterity in the use of the hands, or of instruments
  • John was awkward at performing the trick. He'll have to practice to improve.
  • Not easily managed or effected; embarrassing
  • That was an extremely awkward moment. Everyone was watching.
    An awkward silence had fallen.
  • Lacking social skills, or uncomfortable with social interaction
  • I'm very awkward at parties.
    Things get very awkward whenever 60-year old men use cheesy pick-up lines on me.
  • Perverse; adverse; difficult to handle
  • He's a right awkward chap.
    These cabinets are going to be very awkward when we move.


    * (lacking dexterity) clumsy, ungraceful, unhandy, lubberly * (lacking social skill) maladroit


    * (having dexterity) dexterous, graceful, skillful, gainly * (having social skills) cool, amiable

    Derived terms

    * awkwardly * awkwardness




  • (shame)
  • Anagrams




    Etymology 1

    From (etyl), from (etyl) , which may also be the source of heaven; see that entry for details. Compare also Persian .


  • Uncomfortable]] or painful feeling due to recognition or consciousness of impropriety, dishonor or other wrong in the opinion of the person experiencing the feeling. It is caused by awareness of exposure of circumstances of [[unworthy, unworthiness or of improper or indecent conduct.
  • * (William Shakespeare)
  • Have you no modesty, no maiden shame ?
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=5 , passage=When this conversation was repeated in detail within the hearing of the young woman in question, and undoubtedly for his benefit, Mr. Trevor threw shame to the winds and scandalized the Misses Brewster then and there by proclaiming his father to have been a country storekeeper.}}
  • Something to regret.
  • * (William Shakespeare)
  • guides who are the shame of religion
  • * Evelyn "Champagne" King, in the song Shame
  • And what you do to me is a shame .
  • Reproach incurred or suffered; dishonour; ignominy; derision.
  • * Bible, (Ezekiel) xxxvi. 6
  • Ye have borne the shame of the heathen.
  • * (Alexander Pope)
  • Honour and shame from no condition rise.
  • * (Lord Byron)
  • And every woe a tear can claim / Except an erring sister's shame .
  • The cause or reason of shame; that which brings reproach and ignominy.
  • * Shakespeare
  • guides who are the shame of religion
  • (archaic) That which is shameful and private, especially body parts.
  • Cover your shame !
    Usage notes
    * While shame is not generally counted, it is countable, for example *: I felt two shames: one for hurting my friend, and a greater one for lying about it.
    * (something regrettable) pity
    Derived terms
    * body shame * crying shame * shame on you * shamefaced * shameful * shamefully * shameless * shamelessly


    (en interjection)
  • A cry of admonition for the subject of a speech, often used reduplicated, especially in political debates.
  • * 1982 , " Telecommunications Bill", Hansard
  • Mr John Golding: One would not realise that it came from the same Government, because in that letter the Under-Secretary states: "The future of BT's pension scheme is a commercial matter between BT, its workforce, and the trustees of the pensions scheme, and the Government cannot give any guarantees about future pension arrangements."
    Mr. Charles R. Morris': ' Shame .
  • * 1831 , The Bristol Job Nott; or, Labouring Man's Friend
  • [...] the Duke of Dorset charged in the list with "not known, but supposed forty thousand per year''" (charitable supposition) had when formerly in office only about 3 or £4,000, and ''has not now, nor when the black list was printed, any office whatever -- (Much tumult, and cries of "shame " and "doust the liars")
  • (South Africa) Expressing sympathy.
  • Shame , you poor thing, you must be cold!
    Derived terms

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) scamian.


  • To feel shame, be ashamed.
  • *:
  • *:Broder she said I can not telle yow For it was not done by me nor by myn assente / For he is my lord and I am his / and he must be myn husband / therfore my broder I wille that ye wete I shame me not to be with hym / nor to doo hym alle the pleasyr that I can
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:I do shame / To think of what a noble strain you are.
  • (label) To cause to feel shame.
  • :I was shamed by the teacher's public disapproval.
  • *(Robert South) (1634–1716)
  • *:Were there but one righteous in the world, he wouldshame the world, and not the world him.
  • To cover with reproach or ignominy; to dishonour; to disgrace.
  • *(Edmund Spenser) (c.1552–1599)
  • *:And with foul cowardice his carcass shame .
  • (label) To mock at; to deride.
  • *
  • *:Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the LORD is his refuge.
  • Derived terms
    * ashamed