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The "Awkward Turtle" is used during the present moment of a situation at hand. You may use it under the table at a diner outing to relieve some of the awkward tension, or on your way to the restroom as you excuse yourself from the awkward moment. The Awkward Turtle is also used in conjunction with the Awkward Antlers when re-telling the aforementioned events.
In the Situation: As you hug your Ex, you do the awkward turtle behind his back.
by JesChel August 26, 2006
 
1.
The animal mascot of the awkward moment.

When you're in an awkward moment, place your hands on top of each other, and spin your thumbs forward. Thus creating the creature know as awkward turtle.
Oh my god, so I was talking to Becky about STDs and I forgot she had syphillis... it was mad awkward turtle
by Final Attempt September 06, 2005
 
2.
During an awkward moment, this hand gesture is used to mark the situation as awkward, and, depending on the situation, makes it more awkward or clears the air. The awkward turtle is made by putting one hand on top of the other with the thumbs sticking outward and rotating forward. The speed of the rotating thumbs depends on the degree of awkwardness.
Boy- "I love you."
Girl- "Um...that's cool..."
Boy- *AWKWARD TURTLE*
by <3 curse of curves <3 May 29, 2007
 
3.
In real American Sign Language. It means Platypus.
Friend making Awkward Turtle sign.
Friend who knows better: "Platypus?"
by Likitung. December 20, 2008
 
4.
A motion performed by stacking one's hands on top of one another, extending the thumbs and rotating the thumbs slowly. Performed after a friend has said/done something awkward, either to ease the tension or further humiliate the friend.
"Dog, today carver asked laura to the dance, and she turned him down in front of like 50 people."
"What'd you do?"
"We had to bust out the awkward turtle"
by Urban Dictionary December 05, 2007
 
5.
A hand motion to display feelings of akwardness to a few people without everyone knowing. Hand on top of hand with the two thumbs rolling. Text symbol: 'O,
Speaker 1: Hey can I have your baby?
Speaker 2: * Awkward Turtle hand motion *
'O,
by Joedun23 July 28, 2010
 
6.
A word used to discribe the gesture made by your hands after a line or series of lines have been spoken that have now resulted in an uncomfortable silence. The person executing the "Awkward Turtle" is basically, jerking there hands around in rougly the shape of a turtle, unable to speak. And silence ensues
The evening was going smoothly until Merc had to go and tell us his dad used to lock him in a closet when he was bad. Silence ensued. Darrow began to make the "Awkward Turtle" with his hands, and the rest of us stared anywhere but at Merc.
by Adelews June 21, 2007
 
7.
Well known saying for when you make an idiot of yourself. Sadly the hand gesture you make for this Awkward Turtle, is actually the american sign language sign for 'platypus'
"That's not a awkward turtle you moron, that's a platypus"
"shit."
by SUPER DUPER WRONG January 26, 2010