'I'm very sorry about your sister,' he said awkwardly.
Vera smiled awkwardly.
He tried to smooth over the awkwardness of the situation.
WORD FOCUS: difficult WORD FOCUS: difficult difficult to do:hard, tough, challenging, daunting difficult and needing a lot of physical effort:tough, strenuous, back-breaking, gruelling, arduous, punishing difficult to deal with or talk about:tricky, awkward, delicate, sensitive, touchy words for describing a difficult person:awkward, trying words for describing difficult conditions:adverse, hostile ➔ See alsodifficultWORD FOCUS: embarrassed WORD FOCUS: embarrassed similar words:uncomfortable, awkward, sheepish, red-faced very embarrassed:mortified ➔ See alsoembarrassed
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.