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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.
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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
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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.
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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"
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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
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ungainly

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

ungainly

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

[ʌnˈgeɪnli] adjgauche, dégingandé(e)
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ungainly

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

[ʌnˈgeɪnlɪ] adjsgraziato/a, goffo/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

ungainly

(anˈgeinli) adjective
awkward, clumsy or ungraceful. She is rather large and ungainly.
unˈgainliness noun
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References in periodicals archive ?
Peter Crouch THE ungainliest footballer you have ever seen Crouchy some would say is now a has-been Six feet seven in his bare feet Two strides and he was across the street He must be stronger than he appears to be And to pick apples he don't need to climb the tree Peter has scored many a goal in the past But in stone his name will not be cast It's unusual for such a tall guy to play soccer Men his height have a basketball in their locker Overall Peter has had an excellent career A man defenders respected and feared When meeting a model he did fancy He courted and married Abbey Clancy.