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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 ?
The person of this individual was to the last degree ungainly, without being in any particular manner deformed.
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.
At any rate,' observed Uriah, with a writhe of his ungainly person, 'we may keep the door shut.
His figure was a little ungainly, as in the days when my knuckles had taken such liberties with it, but it looked as if it would always be light and young.
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
Through the crowd of ungainly, shabbily dressed actors, Sibyl Vane moved like a creature from a finer world.
It was a sight to see the figure Don Quixote made, long, lank, lean, and yellow, his garments clinging tight to him, ungainly, and above all anything but agile.
Then I recalled the eyes of Montgomery's ungainly attendant.
Its back was corrugated and ornamented with ungainly bosses, and a greenish incrustation blotched it here and there.
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.
She realized, too, how ironical it was that with all her work she should have grown to be so ungainly although Martin retained the old magnetism of his gorgeous physique.
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.