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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
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