un·​grace·​ful | \ ˌən-ˈgrās-fəl How to pronounce ungraceful (audio) \

Definition of ungraceful

: lacking grace : not graceful ungraceful movements an ungraceful dancer

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Other Words from ungraceful

ungracefully \ ˌən-​ˈgrās-​fə-​lē How to pronounce ungracefully (audio) \ adverb
moving ungracefully

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Given that much time and his history of health, Cano could’ve endured even a fairly ungraceful decline and reached 3,000 hits and 400 home runs and shoo-in Hall of Fame status by his age-40 season when his deal runs up. Ted Berg, For The Win, "Robinson Cano cost himself automatic Hall of Fame entry and cost the Mariners wins," 15 May 2018 Babcock launched himself in the crowd and immediately numerous audience members—including yours truly—took an ungraceful tumble. Efrain Dorado, RedEye Chicago, "Our 10 best moments from Lollapalooza 2017," 7 Aug. 2017 Still, the ungraceful exit was disconcerting to Woods. Mike Tierney, New York Times, "Tiger Woods, After Stumbling at Riviera, Plans to Come Right Back," 17 Feb. 2018 Even the most adept Olympic swimmer is wholly ungraceful in the water. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Sullivan: Brain damage remains football's greatest foe," 29 July 2017 Portland's new school board got off to an ungraceful start with its first meeting Monday. Bethany Barnes, OregonLive.com, "Portland school board fumbles public meeting rules in debut session," 8 July 2017 Christopher Eccleston has accordingly injected the character with yet-greater twitchiness; not to mock a cancer patient, but Matt’s a spectacularly ungraceful nose-bleeder and overboard vomiter. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Leftovers: Among the Sea Lions," 14 May 2017

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First Known Use of ungraceful

1652, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ungraceful was in 1652

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