Simple Definition of ungainly
: moving in an awkward or clumsy way : not graceful
Examples of ungainly
He was tall and ungainly.
<getting the ungainly couch up the stairs was a real chore>
Origin of ungainly
obsolete gain direct, from Middle English gayn, geyn, from Old English gēn, from Old Norse gegn, from gegn, preposition, against; akin to Old English gēan- against — more at again
First Known Use: 1611
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