un·​grace·​ful ˌən-ˈgrās-fəl How to pronounce ungraceful (audio)
: lacking grace : not graceful
ungraceful movements
an ungraceful dancer
ungracefully adverb
moving ungracefully

Examples of ungraceful in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Is there an ungraceful way to age? Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 23 June 2022 Occasionally, the dialogue is ungraceful in connecting the lines between past and present. Washington Post, 6 Jan. 2022 Extra cuddles for the extremely ungraceful Flounder. Brenna Murphy, New York Times, 4 Jan. 2021 At best, President Donald Trump's exit from the White House is ungraceful. Arkansas Online, 29 Nov. 2020 Next spring will mark six years since Northland mall in Southfield closed for good after a long and ungraceful decline. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, 19 Nov. 2020 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, 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, 7 Aug. 2017 Still, the ungraceful exit was disconcerting to Woods. Mike Tierney, New York Times, 17 Feb. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1652, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ungraceful was in 1652

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“Ungraceful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ungraceful. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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