What Does AWK Mean in a Text?

AWK means "Awkward." It is typically used in response to someone describing an event that placed them in an awkward situation. For example:
  • John: My ex-wife served me and my new girlfriend in Nando's today.
  • Peter: AWK!
Below are some other common versions of AWK:

AWKS (awkward)
AWKY (awkward)

Image for AWK

When I write AWK, I mean this:

meaning of AWK

If this man showed you this photo, you would likely feel a little AWK (Awkward).

Summary of Key Points

Definition for AWK

AWK means "Awkward" (see also AWKS and AWKY). This is the most common definition for AWK on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and X (Twitter).
(see also AWKS and AWKY)
Type:Slang Word (Jargon)
Guessability:guessability level 1
1: Easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of AWK in Sentences

Here are examples of AWK being used in conversations:
  • Tony: My teacher made an obvious pass at me in class today.
  • Jordan: Eeek, AWK.
  • Tony: I had to explain to my dad why there were footprints on the inside of his car windscreen.
  • Jordan: AWK.

An Academic Look at AWK

AWK is an adjective (i.e., a describing word). Of note, AWK is a shortened version of awkward and is therefore classified as a contraction.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "I wanted the ground to swallow me up" instead of AWK.

Example of AWK Used in a Text

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