Hi i would like to know what is a good word to replace awkward in english.

I tried looking up some translators but too many words were being proposed as a replacement. Is there a particuliar one that is used frequently and naturally?

  • Ça peut être traduit par «gênant», «embarrassant», «maladroit» mais cela dépend du contexte. – Toto Mar 10 '18 at 11:13
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    There are too many words for a reason. Several answers have been given despite the lack of context. An awkward movement, an awkward person, an awkward situation, an awkward remark — all different and not all the same translation. Even being "super awkward at parties" has two very different meanings. Does he feel like he's out of place (pas à l'aise, pas chez lui, pas dans son élément, as Alone-zee suggested), or does he make it awkward for others, i.e. they feel uncomfortable after talking to him (gauche, gênant)? – Luke Sawczak Mar 10 '18 at 16:04
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    Can you please provide more context for your question and share some of the results of your investigation ? Are there some translations where you're not clear about the difference ? – qoba Mar 10 '18 at 17:45

Just as the English word "awkward" carries (slightly) different meanings, depending on context, you use different words and expressions accordingly.

For instance, if "X put me in an awkward situation":

X m'a mis(e) dans l'embarras.

You don't necessarily automatically translate the adjective "awkward" into another adjective.

Regarding your comment: To convey the sense of awkwardness in such a case, you can say something like:

Les soirées, c'est pas son truc, il ne s'y sent pas chez lui.

Les soirées, c'est pas son truc, il ne s'y sent pas à l'aise.

Les soirées, c'est pas son truc. Il ne se sent simplement pas dans son élément.

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    whoops i wasn't aware awkward is so nuanced. How about the context where awkward is used to describe someone who is not comfortable socially? Example: Tom is too timid, he is super awkward at parties. – Chen Ee Woon Mar 10 '18 at 12:43
  • @ChenEeWoon Answer updated. – Con-gras-tue-les-chiens Mar 10 '18 at 13:09
  • @ChenEeWoon: Please update the question with this additional context. – Stéphane Gimenez Mar 10 '18 at 15:18

it is embarrassing : c'est embarrassant.

it is humiliating: C'est humiliant.

it is so awkward: C'est tellement gênant

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You do not translate words but expressions and sentences. Depending on them and their context, one or another of the translations you found are suitable, or possibly different ones.

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Im french and the best word to use is "dérangeant" or "gênant"


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    The system flagged your answer as too short. I think one further problem is that it is also too assertive. How could you possibly determine the best word without the original context? I agree with @Luke Sawczak, that the question needs to be edited and include some examples... – GAM PUB Mar 11 '18 at 11:10

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