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ungainly

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of ungainly

  1. 1 difficult to use or operate especially because of size, weight, or design <getting the ungainly couch up the stairs was a real chore> Synonyms awkward, bunglesome, clumsy, clunky, cranky, cumbrous, ponderous, cumbersome, unhandy, unwieldyRelated Words uncontrollable, unmanageable; bulky, dinosaurian, dinosauric, elephantine, heavy, hulking, massive; impracticable, impracticalNear Antonyms functional, practicable, practical, serviceable, usefulAntonyms handy

  2. 2 having or showing an inability to move in a graceful manner <the tree cutter was crushing any unlucky petunias that lay in the path of his ungainly tread> Synonyms awkward, gawkish, gawky, graceless, klutzy, uncoordinated, clumsyRelated Words galumphing, larruping [dialect], lubberly, lumbering, lumpish, shambling, shuffling, unsteady, wobbly (also wabbly)Near Antonyms light, light-footed (also light-foot), lissome (also lissom), lithe, nimble, sure-footedAntonyms coordinated, graceful




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