- The definition of ungainly is someone who is awkward or clumsy.
A person who is always tripping over his own two feet is an example of someone who would be described as ungainly.
- awkward; clumsy
- coarse and unattractive
Origin of ungainlyMiddle English ungeinliche ; from ungein, perilous (; from un-, not + Old Norse gegn, ready, serviceable, akin to Old English gegn: see again) + -liche, -ly
- Lacking grace or ease of movement or form; clumsy.
- Difficult to move or use; unwieldy.
Origin of ungainlyun–1 + obsolete gainly, proper (from Middle English gainli, from gain, from Old Norse gegn, direct).
(comparative ungainlier, superlative ungainliest)
From un- + Old Norse gegn (“fit, honest") + -ly.