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ungainly

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adjective un·gain·ly \-ˈgān-lē\

Simple Definition of ungainly

  • : moving in an awkward or clumsy way : not graceful

Full Definition of ungainly

  1. 1 a :  lacking in smoothness or dexterity :  clumsy <ungainly movements> b :  hard to handle :  unwieldy <an ungainly contraption>

  2. 2 :  having an awkward appearance <a large ungainly bird>

un·gain·li·ness noun

Examples of ungainly

  1. He was tall and ungainly.

  2. <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


UNGAINLY Defined for Kids

ungainly

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adjective un·gain·ly \ˌən-ˈgān-lē\

Definition of ungainly

un·gain·li·erun·gain·li·est

  1. :  clumsy 1, awkward <an ungainly walk>





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