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un·gain·ly

 (ŭn-gān′lē)
adj. un·gain·li·er, un·gain·li·est
1. Lacking grace or ease of movement or form; clumsy.
2. Difficult to move or use; unwieldy.

[un- + obsolete gainly, proper (from Middle English gainli, from gain, from Old Norse gegn, direct).]

un·gain′li·ness n.

ungainly

(ʌnˈɡeɪnlɪ)
adj, -lier or -liest
1. lacking grace when moving
2. difficult to move or use; unwieldy
3. rare crude or coarse
adv
rare clumsily
[C17: from un-1 + obsolete or dialect gainly graceful]
unˈgainliness n

un•gain•ly

(ʌnˈgeɪn li)

adj. -li•er, li•est,
adv. adj.
1. not graceful; awkward; unwieldy; clumsy.
adv.
2. in an awkward manner.
[1605–15; un-1 + obsolete gainly proper, gracious, Middle English gaynlich, derivative of geyn straight, well-disposed (< Old Norse gegn straight, direct)]
un•gain′li•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ungainly - lacking grace in movement or postureungainly - lacking grace in movement or posture; "a gawky lad with long ungainly legs"; "clumsy fingers"; "what an ungainly creature a giraffe is"; "heaved his unwieldy figure out of his chair"
awkward - lacking grace or skill in manner or movement or performance; "an awkward dancer"; "an awkward gesture"; "too awkward with a needle to make her own clothes"; "his clumsy fingers produced an awkward knot"
2.ungainly - difficult to handle or manage especially because of shapeungainly - difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape; "an awkward bundle to carry"; "a load of bunglesome paraphernalia"; "clumsy wooden shoes"; "the cello, a rather ungainly instrument for a girl"
unmanageable, unwieldy - difficult to use or handle or manage because of size or weight or shape; "we set about towing the unwieldy structure into the shelter"; "almost dropped the unwieldy parcel"

ungainly

adjective awkward, clumsy, inelegant, lumbering, slouching, gawky, uncouth, gangling, loutish, uncoordinated, ungraceful, lubberly Paul swam in his ungainly way to the side of the pool.
elegant, graceful

ungainly

adjective
1. Lacking dexterity and grace in physical movement:
Slang: klutzy.
Idiom: all thumbs.
2. Difficult to handle or manage:
Translations
أخْرَق، فَظ، غَيْر رَشيق
neohrabaný
klodset
klunnalegur
lempīgsneveikls

ungainly

[ʌnˈgeɪnlɪ] ADJ [person] → desgarbado; [animal] → torpe; [gait] → torpe, desgarbado

ungainly

[ʌnˈgeɪnli] adjgauche, dégingandé(e)

ungainly

adj animal, movementunbeholfen; appearanceunelegant, unansehnlich, unschön; postureungraziös, unschön

ungainly

[ʌnˈgeɪnlɪ] adjsgraziato/a, goffo/a

ungainly

(anˈgeinli) adjective
awkward, clumsy or ungraceful. She is rather large and ungainly.
unˈgainliness noun
References in classic literature ?
Much I marvelled this ungainly fowl to hear discourse so plainly, Though its answer little meaning -- little relevancy bore; For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being Ever yet was blessed with seeing bird above his chamber door -- Bird or beast upon the sculptured bust above his chamber door, With such name as "Nevermore.
Much I marvelled this ungainly fowl to hear discourse so plainly, Though its answer little meaning--little relevancy bore; For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being Ever yet was blessed with seeing bird above his chamber door-- Bird or beast upon the sculptured bust above his chamber door, With such name as "Nevermore.
Its back was corrugated and ornamented with ungainly bosses, and a greenish incrustation blotched it here and there.
He was a man of forty, not good-looking, and yet not ugly, for his features were rather good; but they were all a little larger than life-size, and the effect was ungainly.
This whale is not dead; he is only dispirited; out of sorts, perhaps; hypochondriac; and so supine, that the hinges of his jaw have relaxed, leaving him there in that ungainly sort of plight, a reproach to all his tribe, who must, no doubt, imprecate lock-jaws upon him.
Then I recalled the eyes of Montgomery's ungainly attendant.
She fell to wondering what her life would have been like had she been born a Chinese woman, or an Italian woman like those she saw, head-shawled or bareheaded, squat, ungainly and swarthy, who carried great loads of driftwood on their heads up from tha beach.
And he had seen the young fawn with Bara, the deer, and with Buto, the rhinoceros, its ungainly little one.
The great numbers on their backs, as if they were street doors; their coarse mangy ungainly outer surface, as if they were lower animals; their ironed legs, apologetically garlanded with pocket-handkerchiefs; and the way in which all present looked at them and kept from them; made them (as Herbert had said) a most disagreeable and degraded spectacle.
He had pitched, as I have said, against the bulwarks, where he lay like some horrible, ungainly sort of puppet, life-size, indeed, but how different from life's colour or life's comeliness
The participants in it, instead of freighting an ungainly steam ferry--boat with youth and beauty and pies and doughnuts, and paddling up some obscure creek to disembark upon a grassy lawn and wear themselves out with a long summer day's laborious frolicking under the impression that it was fun, were to sail away in a great steamship with flags flying and cannon pealing, and take a royal holiday beyond the broad ocean in many a strange clime and in many a land renowned in history
When they walked it was with a rolling, awkward motion, placing the knuckles of their closed hands upon the ground and swinging their ungainly bodies forward.