Informal sign language gesture meant to convey awkwardness of the person making the sign, usually in a group conversation that takes place face-to-face.

Can be used to show awkwardness regarding many things, like abrupt changes in conversation topic, sudden hit on the opposite sex, anything in the TMI realm, etc.

The sign is made by placing the left hand out flat, in front of you, palm down, thumb sticking out to the right. The right hand is then put directly on top of the left hand, palm down, with the thumb pointing to the left. Both thumbs are then moved back and forth to mimic the fins of a swimming sea turtle.

Make the sign a few inches in front of your stomach, not to far away from your body.
Alan: "So, THEN what happened?"
Jill: "Our guide quickly fixed my harness, and we zipped to the next tree in the rain forest."
Rob:" That is totally cool! How far up were you?"
Jill: "At least 200 feet. Sometimes more. The whole thing was over a mile long. Took us hours."
Alan: "Tell me you weren't scared, and I'll call you a liar."
Jill: "Well I..."
Edward: "Your Facebook photo is pretty."
Rob: <awkward turtle>
by citiz3n February 22, 2010
Noun: The gesture of making a turtle with your hands to signify and awkward moment

Adjective: To describe an uncomfortable moment
Noun: She made an Awkward Turtle

Adjective: That was awkward turtle as!
by TQWEE December 15, 2009
This is the mascot for an awkward moment.

It is done by placeing your hands on top of each other, and spining your thumbs forward in a circular motion. This creats the creature know as awkward turtle.

Unlike American sign language this actually is the sign for turtle in British sign language.

"You only get Aids from sexing up monkeys"


"I have Aids"


"haha awkward turtle"
by kat123xx August 16, 2011
A special hand signal made by placing one hand on top of the other and twiddling the thumbs to create the shape of a swimming Turtle. Used in awkward situations.
Person 1: Hey! I'm awesome!
Persons: ..........

*awkward turtle*
Person 1: lol.
The universal symbol of the awkward moment, made by placing one open hand over another and wiggling the thumbs around in a circle to imitate a turtle turned on its back. Awkward!
I used the phrase "if you can't do it teach it" infront of my girlfriends mum... shes a teacher. It was definitely awkward turtle.

For more awkward turtle moments,
by zephyr4434 December 30, 2009
it is a hand motion by putting one hand on top of the other and moving your thumb in a circling motion. used during awkward situations.
Chris and Tina are on a date. Luke walks up.
Luke:"Did you hit that last night?" and points at Tina.
Awkward silence
Tina:"Awkward Turtle!" and does the motion.
by pourky September 26, 2009
When a man and a woman are having anal sex and the man pulls out and as he does this the woman crowns a poo but manages to catch it before it goes on to the bed ( making it look like the turtle has stuck his head seen its awkward and then went back inside its shell)
*John pulls out*

*Sarah crowns poo*

sarah: ooo i think i just awkward turtled

John: oooo you didnt want that
by JAY D17 April 29, 2011
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