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Examples of ungainly in a Sentence
He was tall and ungainly.
getting the ungainly couch up the stairs was a real chore
Recent Examples of ungainly from the Web
There are many reasons why the ungainly twins drifted apart.
Bratt has shoulder pads and a long, mullet-style hairdo with an ungainly bald patch, and his favorite toy is a Rubik’s cube.
Resultant maps, with borders snaking around neighboring villages and towns, are all ungainly to various degrees.
That’s not a huge difference, yet the new car is a bit more pleasing to the eye than the ungainly 5-series GT.
But the Echo is a big, somewhat ungainly cylinder, and a bit pricey at $180.
The vast assortment of Trump haters may be more delighted to see the president placed in such an ungainly position.
It's been almost half a century since Apollo astronauts walked on the moon — and drove their ungainly car-like rovers across the lunar surface.
Ochs, lightly and comically wounded by Octavian’s sword, is usually cast as a fat and ungainly older man.
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Did You Know?
What do you have to gain by knowing the root of "ungainly?" Plenty. The "gain" in "ungainly" is an obsolete English adjective meaning "direct," ultimately derived from the Old Norse preposition gegn, meaning "against." (The unrelated verb "gain" came to English by way of Anglo-French and is related to an Old High German word meaning "to hunt for food.") "Ungainly" can describe someone who’s clumsy (as in "a tall and ungainly man"), or something that causes you to feel clumsy when you try to handle it (as in "a car with ungainly controls"), or something that simply looks awkward and out of place (as in "an ungainly strip mall").
UNGAINLY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ungainly for English Language Learners
: moving in an awkward or clumsy way : not graceful
UNGAINLY Defined for Kids
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